This morning the two high school football stars that were on trail for the rape of a 16 year old girl last august were found guilty in a case that drew wide attention for the way social media spurred the initial prosecution and later helped galvanize national outrage over the episode. The town’s obsession over its football team, many said, had shielded other teenagers who did little or nothing to protect the girl.
New York Times reports …”One football player, Trent Mays, 17, who had been a quarterback on the powerhouse Steubenville High School football team, was sentenced to serve at least two years in the state juvenile system, while the other, Ma’lik Richmond, 16, who played wide receiver, was sentenced to serve at least one year. Both could end up in juvenile jail until they are 21, at the discretion of the state Department of Youth Services. Mr. Mays’ minimum sentence is twice as long as Mr. Richmond’s because he was found guilty of two different charges.
After Judge Thomas Lipps read his decision, both boys broke down and sobbed. Mr. Richmond turned to his lawyer, Walter Madison, and said, “My life is over.”
This is sad, these guys have ruined their lives. Click her to read full story
- Teens Make a Deal in Ohio Rape Trial (huffingtonpost.com)
- Steubenville High School Football Players Found Guilty of Rape (gawker.com)
- Guilty Verdict Reached in Steubenville Rape Trial (fox8.com)