Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond found delinquent in Steubenville rape case

Updated: Twitter reacts to the guilty verdict, Judge Thomas Lipps sentences Mays and Richmond to juvenile facility

By Katie McDonough

Published March 17, 2013 2:24PM (EDT)


Updated: March 17, 10:49 a.m.

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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.

Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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