In a move that makes absolutely no sense to me 18-year-old Brittani Hardcastle was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years probation for the videotaped beating of Victoria Lindsay. She also has the usual stipulations of not contacting the media for profit and can’t belong to any social networking sites.
Why it doesn’t make sense to me is that Hardcastle is the only one to get jail time. All previous suspects were given probation and had to write letters of apology.
Was Hardcastle the sacrificial lamb? I have no problem with her serving jail time, as a matter of fact it should have been more. However if you’re going to sentence one of them to jail then why not sentence all of them?
Can we officially call this a travesty of justice now?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?