Updated: Twitter reacts to the guilty verdict, Judge Thomas Lipps sentences Mays and Richmond to juvenile facility
Updated: March 17, 10:49 a.m.
Getting a guilt verdict in #steubenville is about more than this case. It may help educate people on what rape is & how to prevent it.— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) March 17, 2013
I get why parents would argue for leniency, but you have to be kidding. They should be happy they weren't tried as adults. #Steubenville— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 17, 2013
After tears apologies and appeals for leniency Judge Lipps' responds that leniency was trying them in juvenile instead of adult court— TrayAmari (@TrayAmari) March 17, 2013
A town more concerned about fate of its football team than the fate of a young rape victim + media more interested in former = #rapeculture— ShelbyKnox (@ShelbyKnox) March 17, 2013
Judge Lipps now talking about the need to drink responsibly and use social media responsibly, but, ya know, not rape women. #steubenville— allisonkilkenny (@allisonkilkenny) March 17, 2013
#Steubenville needs to be more than a tragedy you see on the news, and say, "That's too bad" (for either side). It needs to be a lesson.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 17, 2013
Updated: March 17, 10:33 a.m.
Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond will be detained by the Department of Youth Services in a juvenile facility. Mays was sentenced to a minimum of two years, while Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year, but could be held until they are 21.
Both boys must register as juvenile sex offenders, and were ordered to stay away from the victim until they turn 21.
Updated: March 17, 10:14 a.m.
Judge Thomas Lipps announced his verdict in the Steubenville rape case Sunday morning, finding Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond guilty of rape and delinquent in all three counts as charged. The ruling is the juvenile court equivalent of a guilty verdict.
Judge Lipps read his ruling while Mays, Richmond and their families audibly wept.
Lawyers for the defense are now asking the court for leniency in sentencing the two boys.
More to come.
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