DA trying to block appeal in PA school stabbings

In this April 9, 2014, file photo, Alex Hribal is escorted to a district magistrate to be arraigned in Export, Pa. (AP)

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A prosecutor is trying to block the appeal challenging a judge’s decision that a defendant must stand trial as an adult in a Pennsylvania school stabbing rampage when he was just 16.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck on Monday responded to the appeal filed last week by defense attorney Patrick Thomassey.

Thomassey represents Alex Hribal (RY’-bal), who is now 18, and charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville in April 2014.

Thomassey acknowledges Hribal committed the crimes, but wants the Superior Court to move the case to juvenile court, where Hribal would face no sanctions after turning 21.

Peck opposes that and says further delays caused by an appeal would be unfair to the victims.