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15-year-old admits to assault near Valley Mall

June 12, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

A 15-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to his involvement in an assault.

Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell dropped additional charges in exchange for the boy's admission to second-degree assault.

On May 9, a boy walking along railroad tracks in the area of Valley Mall was assaulted. Two boys, one of whom had a knife, jumped the boy and took his MP3 players, Kessell said.

One of the assailants said to the victim, "empty your pockets unless you want to die," Kessell said.

The victim was kicked, and was bloody after the assault, Kessell said.

Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies were called to investigate.

A few days later, the victim was in the Noland Drive area and identified one of his attackers.

The 15-year-old who was in court Wednesday admitted he pushed the victim, Kessell said.

Defense attorney Bernard W. Semler II clarified that his client was not the primary assailant.

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Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. delayed disposition, the juvenile equivalent of a sentencing. Long also ordered that a predisposition report about the boy's background be completed.

The boy was released into community detention, in the custody of his grandfather.

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