The teens admitted they were involved in the 2012 beating of a man.
CINCINNATI — Three of the six teenagers charged with the brutal beating of a man in 2012 simply because they were bored were sentenced Thursday.
The middle school football teammates admitted participating in the beating and stomping of Pat Mahaney on Aug. 11, 2012, that left him bleeding so heavily internally that his stomach was bloated. Mahaney has since died. The six teens, who told police when they were arrested that they were "bored," were 13 at the time of the beating.
Mahaney was walking to his North College Hill, Ohio, home from a store when he was attacked.
"I remember I swung first and he fell to the ground," Lamont Champion said Thursday.
Mahaney was picked, Champion told Judge Sylvia Hendon, because he was available and looked vulnerable.
"So, somebody was going to get hurt that day?" Hendon asked Champion.
He nodded. "Wow," she said.
Champion and twins Tyree and Terrell Mizell pleaded guilty almost a year ago to felonious assault in the attack on Mahaney.
Hendon sent Champion to the Department of Youth Services, a juvenile prison, for a minimum of one year and maximum of his 21st birthday.
"He certainly deserved (Department of Youth Services), no question," Hendon said of Champion. "What concerns me is ... I don't believe (the department) can give him the psychological analysis that those reports say he needs."
Instead of sending him to juvenile prison, Hendon sent him to a Department of Youth Services facility specializing in providing mental health treatment for offenders. Champion will be there for at least one year. If he is unsuccessful in that program, he will go to the juvenile prison.
The Mizell twins were sent to Rite of Passage, a nine-month, secured educational and treatment facility.
"I hope they do well," said Michael Mahaney, brother of the beating victim. "I hope they can straighten out their lives. I'm skeptical (but) ... I really want them to succeed."
Michael Mahaney said his brother was so traumatized by the beating that he drank a lot and rarely left the house. Pat Mahaney died July 12, 2013, 11 months after the beating. The coroner ruled he died not from the beating but of liver failure and at the time of his death had a blood-alcohol content three times the legal limit for driving.
Since the three teens pleaded guilty a year ago, they have been under house arrest and on electronic monitoring. Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter had continued the case in a fight with the media, including The Cincinnati Enquirer, about access to the public courtroom and documents.
At Thursday's sentencing, the time the teens were under house arrest was criticized by the defense attorneys, Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Wallace and Hendon.
As the hearing ended, Hendon turn to the Mahaney family in the courtroom.
"I apologize on behalf of the court and on behalf of a system that is all too rife with continuances any way," she said. "I have no explanation for why this took so long. It's a disgrace to (the teens) and a grave injustice to your family."
Hunter wasn't presiding over the case because she was suspended by the Ohio Supreme Court after she was indicted in January on nine counts accusing her of tampering with evidence, theft in office and interfering with the firing of her brother, who worked at the juvenile court.
Previously, two other teens involved in the beating — Daquan Cain and Antonio Hendrix — pleaded guilty. Hunter placed them on probation, made them perform 500 hours of community service and write a book report.
The final teen involved, Michael James, will next be in court March 3. His case could go to trial.