Two teens pleaded guilty Wednesday for their roles in the June beating of a Columbia teen and then apologized to the victims parents.
I want to apologize, one teen, who is now 17, told the judge. He then turned toward the parents of the victim, Vicki and John Strange, looked them in the eyes, and said, I hope everything goes good with you and your family.
The other boy, who is 13 years old, gave a face-to-face apology to the Stranges after the hearing.
In both cases, the mothers hugged and the fathers shook hands.
Both boys were declared delinquent by Family Court Judge Leslie Riddle after pleading guilty to misprision of a felony, which means they did not report the crime to authorities. They were part of a group of eight teens who have been accused of severely beating Carter Strange, a 18-year-old who graduated in May from Dreher High School. Neither participated in the beating or say they even saw it but waited by cars while it happened.