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Cooper and Hassell sentenced in Victoria Lindsay beating

2 More Teens Given Probation In Polk Video Beating:

And the wrist slapping continues.

April Cooper and Kayla Hassell were both given probation for their parts in the videotaped beating of Victoria Lindsay. Cooper was given two years and Hassell one. That brings the grand total of jail time that all of the suspects have been sentenced to a whopping zero. No jail time at all for a videotaped beating that would make most street gangs proud.

Both were also told they had to write a letter of apology to Victoria. Cooper already had hers and read it aloud in court. From what I’ve heard Victoria wasn’t actually there.

Both have also been ordered not to have any contact with Victoria or her family and they can’t have any accounts on social sites like MySpace or Facebook. How will they endure?

The only one left to be sentenced is Brittini Hardcastle and she’ll be sentenced March 20th.

Last of suspects plea in Victoria Lindsay beating

Teen Takes Plea Deal In Video Beating Case:

2 Remaining Teens in Beating Case Accept Plea Deals:

Sorry that I’m late with this one. The stories broke while I was on vacation.

Anyway the last of the three suspects in the recorded beating of Victoria Lindsay have all agreed to plea deal ensuring that none of the suspects will face trial.

Brittini Hardcastle pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and battery. Under the plea agreement prosecutors agreed to drop a felony count of tampering with a witness. Hardcastle is still facing up to five months jail time and will be sentenced on March 30th.

Kayla Hassall pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery. Under the terms of her plea prosecutors agreed to drop felony kidnapping charges. April Cooper pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor battery.

All 3 also have the provisions that they must write letters of apology to Victoria and can not talk to the media for profit.

As some of my commenters have mentioned what’s the deal with the letters of apology? For one I doubt they’ll be sincere and secondly why not just make them write ‘I will not beat Victoria’ 500 times on a blackboard. It will probably have the same effect.

Plea reached in Victoria Lindsay beating

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.

Pleas offered in cheerleader beating

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.

New video in Victoria Lindsay beating released

New Video in Teen Beating Case:

TheLedger.com posted this video that has been released by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department that shows the minutes leading up to the beating of Victoria Lindsay which as it turns out wasn’t the first beating.

Thanks to Navigator for the tip.

Bail set for beating suspects

Bail set for teens in YouTube beating:

The suspects in the recorded beating of Victoria Lindsay have had their bail set at $30,000 each. 18-year-old Stephen Schumaker, is already out on bail.

I guess the rest of them are trying to take out mortgages on their double wides.

Here are the bail conditions

Bail conditions for the teenagers forbid the six girls from seeing each other or contacting one another in any way. They are also not allowed to contact the victim, Victoria Lindsay, 16, or the victim’s family. The girls are home arrested, being allowed to leave their homes only to come in court. Visiting Mulberry High School, as well as the Wing House restaurant in Lakeland, where Victoria has worked in the past month is also forbidden.

Beating suspects charged as adults

Report: Teens Behind Florida YouTube Attack to Be Charged as Adults:

All 7 suspects in the beating of Veronica Lindsay who are juveniles will be tried as adults.

Mercades Nichols, 17, Brittini Hardcastle, 17, and Britney Mayes, 17, face charges of felonious battery, false imprisonment and kidnapping in connection with the attack. Cara Murphy, 16, Kayla Hassell, 15, April Cooper, 14, Zachary Ashley, 17, and Stephen Schumaker, 18, face charges of felonious battery and false imprisonment.

Since Schumaker is 18 it goes without saying that he’ll be charged as an adult.

The article states that three of them have been charged with tampering with a witness but it doesn’t say which 3.

Hopefully this means that it’s gone beyond ‘a slap on the wrist’.

8 arrested in taped beating

Girls Record Brutal Attack On Teen To Allegedly Post On YouTube:

Proving once again that a lot of teens are idiots comes this story from Polk County, Florida.

16-year-old Victoria Lindsay was lured to a ‘friend’s’ house where six other girls were lying in wait. When she got there she was attacked by most of the girls while someone recorded the beating so they could post it to MySpace and YouTube in order to embarrass her. Two male suspects kept watch while the beating was taking place.

The 16-year-old suffered a concussion, eye injuries and several bruises.

The suspects were identified as 17-year-old Mercades Nichols, 17-year-old Brittini Hardcastle, 14-year-old April Cooper, 16-year-old Cara Murphy, 17-year-old Britney Mayes and 15-year-old Kayla Hassell. Zachary Ashley, 17, and Stephen Schumaker, 18, were identified by deputies as the lookouts.

And of course one of the ‘parents’ has to play the ‘not my kid’ card.

“They weren’t really involved, I don’t know. I’m just overwhelmed by all of it. I don’t know why the girls have them involved,” said Debbie Shumaker, Stephen’s mother.

No they actually were involved, That’s what’s called being an accessory and I’m not talking about fashion.

All suspects face charges for false imprisonment and battery. Three of them were charged with kidnapping because, the sheriff’s office said, they forced Lindsay into a car and drove her to another location after the beating.

No word yet if they’ll be charged as adults but they should be.

Thanks to my lovely and talented wife Jade for the tip.