Thursday, April 19, 2007

10-year-old pleads no contest
to misdemeanor in homeless beating

In a surprise move, one of two 10-year-old boys accused of beating and stoning a homeless man pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery charges.

Citing the boy's emotional state, a judge released the boy into the custody of his aunt, who lives in Michigan. The boy will undergo psychiatric evaluations and will remain on house arrest.

He will be sentenced on May 15 and faces a year in prison or probation.

John D'Amico, 58, was hospitalized following the attack and said on Thursday that he may not regain sight in his left eye.

Two 10-year-old boys and a 17-year-old were charged last month with beating a homeless man and smashing a concrete block into his face, leaving him bruised and bloody with broken bones. The other boys did not enter a plea and will go to trial.

Read the Orlando Sentinel story here and see previous posts here, here and here.

Just wondering: The former prosecutor in me wonders if this boy has made a deal and will testify against the others.


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