Friday, April 11, 2008

Teen beaters could spend life in prison

The teens in Florida accused of beating a 16-year-old for making a you tube video will be tried as adults.

The eight will appear in court for the first time later today.

The six girls involved in the beating, and two boys, who allegedly acted as lookouts, have all now been charged as adults.

They face their first court appearance in Polk County, Florida this afternoon.

All are charged with kidnapping and battery.

Three face additional charges of tampering with a witness, the victim.

Polk County's sheriff had asked the teens be tried as adults saying the video tape released publicly isn't even the worst of the beating.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says "the piece that you are seeing on television is after they knocked her unconscious, and she had regained consciousness."

The victim suffered a concussion and damage to her eye and ear, but her mother says the emotional scars may take much longer to heal.

Talisa Lindsay, the victim's mother, says "how can you recover? Honestly? When something like this tragically happens to you? It will probably affect her for the rest of her life."

Meantime, the teens accused in the beating could spend the rest of their lives in prison.

For now, all eight teens are being held in jail without bond.


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