By MARLO BARNHART
Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell challenged a 13-year-old boy Wednesday to "imagine himself on the receiving end'' of the May 31 robbery and beating that landed him in juvenile court.
The boy told the judge he didn't know his 16-year-old companion was going to commit the crime when it occurred.
But what convinced the judge to place the youth on supervised probation and allow him to remain at home was the good report from his school.
McDowell ordered 30 hours of community service, good behavior and an 8:30 p.m. curfew.
The two teens went to the victim's home on May 31 and then they all went to a park in the Halfway area, prosecutors said.