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Cleveland, OH - A tragic shooting is sparking outrage in the community after a teenager is allegedly shot by her ex-boyfriend while he was free on house arrest.

Now, the victim's family is calling for major changes in the way the justice system works.

Johanna Orozco's family held an emotional press conference Friday afternoon to discuss the teen's condition.

The teen, lovingly referred to as Jo-Jo, will need extensive plastic surgery over the next couple of weeks to restore her facial features.

The alleged triggerman - 17-year-old Juan Ruiz - is charged with felonious assault and has pleaded not guilty.

Ruiz - charged in juvenile court February 16th with felony rape and kidnapping - wasn't being held in custody pending trial.

Rather, he was granted home detention and electronic monitoring by Magistrate Laura Williams because he had only one minor prior charge on his record.

Magistrates and justices often are forced to release suspects on electronic monitoring because the juvenile detention center is "double capacity."

Magistrate Williams is now under fire for her decision to free Ruiz - but defended her decision to let the troubled teen go free on house arrest.

She has yet to comment on whether she plans to resign her post.

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