Nathaniel Abraham, Youngest Ever Convicted Of Murder, In Court On New Charges

August 10, 2018 - 3:15 pm
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PONTIAC (WWJ) - Nathaniel Abraham, who has spent most of his life in prison, appeared in court Friday on charges that could put him back behind bars.

Abraham was arraigned via video on three felony charges for resisting arrest for assaulting officers who were trying to arrest him after he failed to appear in court on an indecent exposure charge. Patrol car dash cam video released by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office shows Abraham fleeing deputies, along Baldwin Road at Montcalm in Pontiac, and then struggling as they take him into custody. 

During Friday's hearing, Abraham questioned the judge about the case. He was instructed to talk to his lawyer and reminded that anything he said could be used against him later in trial.  Bond was set at $25,000., and a probable cause conference was schedueld for August 21.

Twenty years ago Abraham was convicted of second-degree murder that he committed when he was just 11-years-old. Since then, he's either been in prison or on parole.

"We let this little boy down 20 years ago," forensic psychologist Gerald Sheiner told WWJ's Charlie Langton. 

Sheiner, who testified in Abraham's murder trial, believes society failed Abraham, who was released from parole June 28. He says life outside of prison is clearly difficult for the now 32-year-old.

"I don't think he was a criminal, but I think that the time he spent [in prison> made him unfit to live in what they call the real world, in an unsupervised world. And I think you've seen that he's not lasted very long outside of those kinds of settings," Sheiner said. 

Abraham is the youngest person in U.S. history to be convicted of murder. He spent eight years in prison for the 1997 murder of Ronnie Green, a stranger he shot with a stolen rifle. He was released at 19 and caught selling drugs just a short time after that. He spent another seven years behind bars, during which time he was convicted of assaulting a prison guard. He was released from prison in June 2017 and was on parole until this summer.

On Monday, police say Abraham went to a woman's home in Pontiac and asked for a cup of coffee. When the woman told Abraham she didn't have any coffee to give him, investigators said, he then offered to cut the woman's grass before pulling down his shorts down to expose himself. 

Abraham was expected to turn himself in Wednesday on the indecent exposure charge, but never showed. Oakland County Sheriff's deputies tracked him down and attempted to make an arrest but, investigators say, he was actively resisting and struck three deputies with a closed fist. He was eventually taken into custody after deputies used a Taser.

Sheiner is hoping for probation and treatment.

Abraham on Friday was also formally charged with indecent exposure, a misdemeanor. Bond was set at $5,000. A pre-trial in that case was set for Aug. 28.

If convicted as charged, Abraham faces up to four more years in prison.