BROOKS — A juvenile was arrested Friday, May 6, and charged with murder for the shooting death of a 49-year-old Brooks man.

The juvenile was taken to the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland. Police are not identifying the suspect or his relationship with the victim but said the two knew each other.

Killed on May 6 was James Cluney, 49, of Brooks. His body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta where an autopsy was scheduled to be done over the weekend.

The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit was called shortly after 9 a.m. May 6 to 1108 Littlefield Road in Brooks. The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office had arrived initially to a call of a disturbance and then called State Police, who handle homicides.

In juvenile cases, the name of the suspect is not released until prosecutors file a formal juvenile petition in court. Typically, a juvenile community corrections officer has to assess a suspect before determining whether a youth can be released or held in a corrections facility until the court case is completed.

The Maine Attorney General’s Office, which prosecutes homicides, will also have to decide whether it wants to prosecute the juvenile in juvenile court or as an adult. State law puts the burden on the defense to prove that a juvenile should not be tried as an adult if the state makes such a a request.

The importance of that determination is significant. In a juvenile case, the maximum sentence for a juvenile found to have committed murder is incarceration until the 21st birthday. The maximum sentence for a person convicted of murder as an adult is life in prison.