Richard Thomas, the 16-year-old Oakland boy accused of setting Sasha Fleischman on fire as the teen rode the bus home from school last year, has been ordered to stand trial -- as an adult.
Thomas has been charged with aggravated mayhem, assault and hate crime charges. If convicted. Thomas could face life in jail, NBC News Reports.
On Nov. 4, 2013, 18-year-old Fleischman, who identifies as agender, meaning neither male nor female, fell asleep on the 57 bus line home when someone lit Sasha's skirt on fire. The fire spread and the teen suffered second and third-degree burns.
Police later arrested Thomas, an Oakland High School student, who told the cops that he lit Sasha's skirt on fire because he's homophobic. But Thomas' attorney, William DuBois, later recanted that, saying the skit fire was a prank gone horribly wrong, not a hate crime.
DuBois says Thomas waived his right to a preliminary hearing so prosecutors won't play the bus surveillance video of the incident in court, according to NBC.
No trial date has been set.