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Jacob Looney faces 2 counts of attempted murder

Posted at 8:08 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 04:13:19-05

A judge denied a request Monday made by the attorney for Jacob Looney that he should be released on bond to a secure treatment facility.

Last August, Looney, then 17, was accused of breaking into his ex-girlfirend's home in Fort Pierce, stabbing her, then stabbing her mother who awoke to the sounds of the two struggling.

Janice Prieto suffered a number of stab wounds.  Arielle Prieto suffered lung and heart puncture wounds, but she was in court listening as her mother pleaded with the judge to keep Looney locked up.

“I saw the look on his face that night and there’s no doubt in my mind first chance he gets he will come back after us and try to finish what he started," said Prieto.

The Looneys attorneys argued that their client had a right to bond, and the family had a plan in place for him to get treatment.

“Why put the burden on our jails to house somebody when we don’t have to?  There are secure facilities that can treat a 17 year-old child," said defense attorney Arthur Brandt.

Looney was charged with these crimes just hours after Janice Prieto had gotten a restraining order to keep him away from her family.