CERRO GORDO COUNTY, IA – A North Iowa teen is learning exactly what his future will hold, at least until he’s 18. Today, 14 year old Noah Crooks appeared in a Cerro Gordo County courtroom, in handcuffs for a dispositional hearing. It was decided that his guardianship is being transferred from Noah’s father to the state. He is being taken to the State Training School in Eldora. He will stay there until he is 18.
Noah was found guilty earlier this month of second degree murder for killing his mother, Gretchen Crooks in March of 2012.
Meanwhile, Gretchen Crooks’ mother spoke in court today as well, saying while they want Noah to be safe, they also want the public to be safe. Right now the court believes he’s a threat to society, but will re-assess when Noah turns 18.