Teen in notorious videotaped beating back in jail:
The so called ring leader in the videotaped beating of Victoria Lindsay is back in jail.
18-year-old Mercades Nichols was arrested this past Wednesday for violating the terms of her probation.
It seems that Ms. Nichols got into some kind of dispute with a neighbor then drove her grandmother’s car up on to the neighbors’ lawn aiming towards the neighbors.
She is currently being held without bail.
Personally I’m surprised it took this long for her to violate her parole.
Teen Sentenced For YouTube Beating:
Teen In Polk Video Beating Gets Probation, Community Service:
And the sentences aren’t that much if you ask me.
Anyway, 18-year-old Brittany Mayes was given the ever so harsh sentence of 1 year probation, $2000 in restitution paid to Victoria Lindsay’s family and she can not access any social sites like MySpace or Facebook.
Mercades Nichols was sentenced to 3 years probation, she must write a letter of apology, must stay in school or be employed full time, can have no contact with Victoria or her family and can not talk to the media for profit.
So basically they were given the proverbial slaps on the wrist.
I’m not saying they should have been sentenced to life in prison but they should have received at least some time in county lock up.
Mom Charged with Battery of Teen in Video Beating Case:
I can’t tell if this is irony or not. Poetic justice maybe?
Anyway Christina Garcia is the mother of Mercades Nichols. Nichols was the alleged ring leader of the videotaped beating of Victoria Lindsay.
Previously Ms. Garcia filed a lawsuit against the Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd for making ‘defamatory’ remarks and causing ’severe emotional damages’.
I think that lawsuit may be in jeopardy now that Ms. Garcia has been arrested for battery charges for beating her daughter Mercades.
During altercations Saturday afternoon, Garcia grabbed her daughter by the hair, kicked her several times, and spat on her, sheriff’s officials said.
It gets better though, or maybe more weird would be appropriate. Garcia called police stating that Mercades had assaulted her. However when police investigated they discovered that Garcia was the aggressor.
One could almost say that it looks like the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
Suspect in Teen Beating Accepts Plea Deal:
Mercades Nichols has accepted a plea deal in the video recorded beating of Victoria Lindsay. According to the terms of the plea Nichols faces up to three years probation, 100 hours of community service, she must write a letter of apology to Victoria, and she can not profit from the media. Also under the plea prosecutors agreed to drop the kidnapping charge which carries a life sentence.
If you’ll recall prosecutors said that they would only offer Nichols the deal if co-defendant Brittini Hardcastle also accepted a deal. She’s expected to take a plea deal on Feb. 4th.
Plea Deal Accepted In Teen Beating Case:
18-year-old Brittany Mayes has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in the video recorded beating of Florida teen Victoria Lindsay. Under the plea agreement prosecutors dropped felony charges of kidnapping and witness tampering. Mayes is facing a possible one year behind bars. Also Mayes can have no contact with Victoria and can not profit from her crime. The judge warned her to keep her nose clean between now and sentencing which is scheduled for March 5th.
Lawyers for Kayla Hassall and April Cooper said their clients are scheduled to accept pleas in the beginning of February. Mercades Nichols and Brittani Hardcastle must both accept pleas or they both head to trial.
Both Nichols and Hardcastle face charges of kidnapping, misdemeanor battery and tampering with a witness. The kidnapping charge could carry a life sentence.
My advice to all those involved is to take the pleas. You’ll be eaten alive at trial.
Plea Deals Offered in Video Beating Case:
Plea deals have been offered to all suspects remaining in the videotaped beating of Victoria Lindsay. The terms of the deal have not been made public and so far no one has accepted the plea.
The remaining suspects are Kayla Hassall, Mercades Nichols, Brittini Hardcastle, April Cooper and Brittany Mayes.
If the cases go to trial they could be facing life in prison.
You may want to also view this thread in which Mercades Nichols’ mom is an active participant.
Girl In Taped Beating Case Arrested Again:
Mercades Nichols, she of the Victoria Lindsay beating, has been arrested once again for charges not related to the beating.
Sometime between Oct. 31 and March 28, Nichols stalked and threatened the victim online and in person, even when Nichols was aware that an injunction had been placed against her, Wood said.
“She harassed, cyber-stalked and placed the victim in fear,” Wood said, reading from the arrest warrant.
The victim is said to be Nichols’ ex-boyfriend.
She’s being held without bond.
Legal Action Considered Against Polk Sheriff:
This one is from the “Boy does that woman have brass ones” department.
Christina Garcia is the mother of Mercades Nichols. Mercades is one of if not the main suspect in the videotaped beating of Victoria Lindsay.
You would think that Ms. Garcia has more important matters to attend to like making sure her daughter stays out of jail but no. Ms. Garcia has taken it upon herself to file a lawsuit against Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd for making ‘defamatory’ remarks and causing ‘severe emotional damages’.
In her intent to sue notice, Bernard wrote that Judd failed to handle the arrest of the teens “with integrity and a degree of care” that would have protected them “against unfair treatment and exposure.”
Judd has described the March 30 beating in published news stories as “animalistic” and said that after the teens were arrested, they were laughing together in a holding cell, saying “Am I going to miss cheerleading practice?” and “I guess we’re not going to the beach this week.”
I didn’t know you could be sued for the truth. Garcia’s face is causing me severe emotional damages. Can I sue for that?
UPDATE 1/8/09: Thread closed due to length. Conversation continues at http://www.trenchreynolds.com/2008/11/19/pleas-offered-in-cheerleader-beating/
Judge: Teen beating suspect can’t talk about case:
Yesterday I posted about how alleged beating ringleader Mercades Nichols requested from a judge to be able to travel to tell the world her story and apologize. That request has been….DENIED!!!
Her house arrest has been partially lifted allowing her to go to school, work, church, etc.
Mercades mom chimes in…
After the hearing, Nichols mother said that her daughter wanted to be able to issue an apology, and that’s why she made the request to change her restrictions. She also expressed that she disagrees with the judge’s decision.
“She wanted to get her side out there, and I just think that it’s unfair that everyone else is having to talk about my daughter,” said Christina Garcia, Nichols’ mother.
Oh I think that we’ve already seen your daughter’s side. And if you didn’t want people tp talk about her then she shouldn’t have beat Victoria Lindsay and had one of her dumbass friends record it. See how that works?
Beating Suspect Wants to Go Public:
The alleged ringleader in the recorded beating of Victoria Lindsay wants permission from the court to go public with her story.
Mercades Nichols, one of eight teens charged as adults in the March beating of 16-year-old Victoria Lindsay, wants permission to talk publicly about the case and travel out of state to give interviews, according to a written request filed in Circuit Court.
Nothing good can come from this.
Allegedly Nichols wants to give “public apologies” to the media.
I wonder how much she’d be paid for those “apologies”.