A 13-year-old involved in the June beating of a Columbia teen in Five Points this morning pleaded guilty to his role in the crime and revealed more details about what happened that night.
The 13-year-old did not participate in the beating but waited with three other juveniles at their cars while it took place. He will be punished for failing to report the attack to the police or to his parents. He will remain on house arrest while he undergoes an evaluation by the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice.
The boy, who is in seventh grade at St. Andrews Middle School, told Family Court Judge Leslie Riddle that his father had left him under the supervision of two brothers, who were part of the group of eight teens who attacked Strange. He said he had no choice but to ride with the older boys when they decided to go to Five Points. The others accused in the attack are a 19-year-old, four 16-year-olds, a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old.
Once there, the oldest member of the group, 19-year-old Tyheem Henrey, said that he felt like fighting, the 13-year-old said.
The boy said he saw Henrey and three other teens walk toward a white boy in skinny jeans and a black shirt as he jogged past them in Five Points. However, he said he did not see the beating.