Well, article says 5 teens are ages 16-18. 18 year olds will be looking at life in prison 17-16 year olds - depends on what prosecutors do. If they charge them as adults then these kids are looking at life in prison too. If they are charged as juveniles they are looking at a couple of years. I can definitely justify charging 17 year olds as adults. 16 is a grey area here.