Thursday afternoon, two more teens who were involved in the June beating of a Dreher High School graduate in Five Points pleaded guilty and apologized for their actions in juvenile court.
Judge Leslie Riddle found both teens, ages 16 and 17, delinquent and ordered an evaluation to be conducted prior to their sentencing. In the meantime, both teens were released from custody of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center and were allowed to go home with their parents. They will be on house arrest with permission to attend school, church, counseling sessions and sports practices and games. They also must dedicate one hour each night to homework and cook meals for their families one night a week while they are awaiting their sentencing.
“You have a big decision to make,” Riddle told the 16-year-old about following her orders. “Chains or freedom. You misbehave, it’s chains.”
The teens each drove a car to Five Points on June 20 and each had three other teens in their cars, they told Riddle. However, neither boy participated in the attack that severely injured 18-year-old Carter Strange. Both said they did not see the attack and did not realize the severity of Strange’s injuries until they watched news reports about it.
They were part of a group of eight teenagers who were charged in the attack. Two others, ages 13 and 17, pleaded guilty Wednesday. The remaining four, who have been pinpointed as the alleged attackers have not been to trial. Two of those will be tried as adults: Tyheem J. Henrey, 19, and Yahquann Gantt, 16. Two other teens, ages 14 and 15, remain in juvenile detention as they undergo evaluations that could result in them being tried as adults.