Florida School Bus Beating Trio Go to Court [VIDEO]
The three teens arrested in for the brutal beating of a 13-year-old boy on a school bus in Ocala, Fla. went to court Tuesday at the Pinellas County courthouse.
When they were approached by Fox News, Lloyd Khemradj, Julian McKnight and Joshua Reddin, all three 15-year-olds, declined to comment. All of them were charged with aggravated battery. Reddin is also charged with unarmed robbery.
Julian McKnight, father of 15-year-old Julian said, “All I can say is that he had his consequences already, you know? This is life. I am sorry what happened to the victim. It's just the way it is. My son ain’t never been no bad person, he just got mixed up with bad people, that’s all, he’s sorry."
The three juveniles were ordered to return to court on Aug. 27 during their initial court appearance on Tuesday. Prosecutors — who are seeking nine months of court supervision for the suspects, as well as no contact with the victim and random drug testing — want to play the video before a judge prior to any sentence is imposed.
Prosecutors intend to play the video before a judge prior to any sentence being imposed, so the three juveniles were ordered to return to court on Aug. 27. Prosecutors are also seeking nine months of court supervision, no contact with the victim, and random drug testing.
Former Florida Rep. Allen West, who is African-American, criticized Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, for condemning Florida in in the verdict of the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case, and then remaining silent about the brutal attack on the school bus.
West wrote on his Facebook page, “Three 15-yr-old black teens beat up a 13-yr-old white kid because he told school officials they tried to sell him drugs. Do you hear anything from Sharpton, Jackson, NAACP, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, liberal media, or Hollywood? Cat got your tongues or is it that pathetic hypocrisy revealing itself once again? Y'all just make me sick.”
Jesse Jackson said the two cases were not comparable.