Just after two Steubenville High School student-athletes were convicted of last summer’s rape of a 16-year-old girl, Ohio’s attorney general requested that Jefferson County convene a grand jury for possible additional charges against other people.
Visiting Judge Thomas Lipps determined that the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond were delinquent, the juvenile court equivalent of guilty.
The judge sentenced them both to at least one year in juvenile jail and said both can be held until they’re 21. Mays was sentenced to an additional year in jail on a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, to be served after his rape sentence is completed.
Both teens were ordered to be committed to the Department of Youth Services for a minimum of one year or a maximum of until they turn age 21.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine held a press conference after court adjourned and outlined the number of state investigators on the case, how many people were interviewed and how much evidence was reviewed from cellphones.
DeWine said 16 people refused to talk to his office.
He concluded that the investigation cannot be completed without the convening of a grand jury and asked for a Jefferson County grand jury to meet on or about April 15 to determine if other crimes were committed.
“This community needs assurance that no stone has been left unturned in our search for the truth,” DeWine said.
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