WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The last two of five teenagers charged in the January beating of a homeless man in North Carolina have been sentenced.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports the boys were sentenced Tuesday to 14 days in a juvenile detention center and a year’s probation. Each was charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury, felony conspiracy to commit assault and common-law robbery in the beating of Bill Bloxham, who was hospitalized for 12 weeks.
The now-15-year-old entered an Alford plea, acknowledging prosecutors had enough evidence to convict, without admitting guilt. The now-16-year-old pleaded guilty.
The teens cannot contact each other or the already sentenced defendants — 19-year-old Treymayne Jaquan Butler, 18-year-old Treshawn Jaquez Plater and a 17-year-old.
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The 60-year-old Bloxham was found dead of what prosecutors said were natural causes on Oct. 31.
Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com