The ITT List
Tuesday Dec 4, 2007 9:14 am
Jena Six update: Mychal Bell Plead Guilty
Mychal Bell, 17, originally was charged as an adult with attempted murder in the beating of Justin Barker in December 2006. That charge was reduced before a jury convicted him in June of aggravated second-degree battery. An appeals court threw that verdict out in September and ordered Bell retried as a juvenile.
Under his deal, Bell pleaded guilty to a juvenile charge of second-degree battery in return for an 18-month sentence, with credit for 10 months he already has served. Bell had faced being placed in a juvenile facility until his 21st birthday.
Bell also must pay court costs plus $935 to Barker's family, testify should his co-defendants in the Barker attack stand trial, undergo counseling and be reintegrated into the school system, his lawyers said. (via RawStory)
To read In These Times' interview with Mychal Bell's mother, Tina Jones, click here.
And for Salim Muwakkil's take on the Jena Six, click here.