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Home  |  News  |  Charges upgraded for three juvenile suspects in Five Points beating

Charges upgraded for three juvenile suspects in Five Points beating
Thursday, June 30, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Three of the seven juveniles accused of brutally attacking a teenager in Columbia's Five Points earlier this month will now be charged as adults, according to prosecutors.

Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson said charges against 16-year-old Yahquann Gantt have already been upgraded, and two other juveniles will also be charged as adults on Thursday. The names of the other two suspects have not been released.

Eight people face charges ranging from criminal conspiracy to assault and battery by mob in the June 20 beating of 18-year-old Carter Strange. Police said Strange was jogging home through Five Points when the mob savagely beat Strange in a parking lot and left him for dead.

Strange required emergency brain surgery and reconstructive surgery, but is out of the hospital and recovering. "My physical condition is amazing," Strange said on Tuesday. "I mean, the condition I'm in right now is a miracle."

The only adult facing charges, 19-year-old Thyeem Henrey, is still in jail on $750,000 bond. The ages of the other suspects range from 13 to 16, according to police.

In response to the attack, Columbia City Council passed an emergency 60-day curfew for the Five Points area. According to the curfew, teens under 17 are not allowed to be in Five Points from 11:00pm until 6:00am, seven days a week.

The suspects' next court appearance is scheduled for July 13.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=15001992

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