Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Probation for 5th teen
involved in homeless killing

The fifth teen linked to the fatal beating of a homeless man two years ago has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge and received one-year's probation.

Initially charged with aggravated battery, a felony, Phi Huynh, 17, entered a plea to simple battery, a misdemeanor.

A group of teenagers beat, kicked and stomped 53-year-old Michael Roberts in three separate attacks in a wooded area of Holly Hill in May 2005. Huynh's involvement in the incident was limited and he also testified against two of the others. Four teens -- Jeffery Spurgeon, Chris Scamahorn, Warren Messner and Justin Stearns -- were convicted of second-degree murder and received lengthy prison sentences.

Spurgeon has said that he and the others were imitating one of the beatings on the "Bumfights" videos when they killed Roberts.

Read the Daytona Beach News-Journal article here.


At 7:57 AM, Anonymous LaVonne said...

I know this is comparing apples and oranges, but a kid in Georgia gets 15 years for oral sex, but this 17 year old gets probation for taking a life.

At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was in miami a couple of years ago ,i was there when friends of mine where beatin and killed by metro rail.i was on the streets myself .the kids who did this for kicks should have been given the electric chair,or turn them over to us. once and animal taste blood he will kill again.

At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the 17 year old didnt take anyones life. he was present during the first of a total of 3 seperate beatings. he was accused of throwing rocks but no rocks were at the scene. the worst crime commited during his presence was simple battery.


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