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Ronda teen who stabbed his brother headed for mental health facility

The 16-year-old quadruplet accused of stabbing his brother in the hand with a paring knife in May has been placed under the jurisdiction of juvenile court for attempted first-degree assault.

In a court appearance this morning at Jackson County Juvenile Services, Andrew Ronda, originally charged with attempted murder in adult court in the stabbing, was found culpable for his actions except for insanity.

He will be under the supervision of the Juvenile Psychiatric Review Board until his 25th birthday, prosecuting attorney Beth Heckert said.

He will be transported to Albertina Kerr, a Portland mental health facility, where he will stay until he is 18. After that, based on his behavior and recommendations from mental health officials, he will either be taken to a less-secure facility or to the Oregon State Hospital.

The attempted murder charge against Andrew was dropped following reports from a psychologist and law enforcement.

"We were always working to come up with this type of resolution for Andrew," Heckert said. "We needed to find what is the right solution for him."

Andrew's father, Steve Ronda, said he was satisfied with the verdict. He is hopeful Andrew will be able to get the help he needs. Family members are confident he will one day become a productive member of society, perhaps working with youth himself.

"I think Andrew's going to do great things," Ronda said.

— Ryan Pfeil