Jesus Cornelio guilty plea in death of toddler touted as triumph of direct file

The case against Jesus Cornelio, seventeen, who allegedly caused his toddler cousin's death by shoving him while Facebooking, sparked controversy after he was charged as an adult using a method the Colorado legislature was trying to reform. That bill is now law, but Weld County DA Ken Buck is crediting his approach with tailoring appropriate punishment for Cornelio, who's now pleaded guilty.
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