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DJJ: supervised probation for bus beating suspects

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Joshua Reddin (left), Julian McKnight (center), Lloyd Khemradj (right) Joshua Reddin (left), Julian McKnight (center), Lloyd Khemradj (right)
GULFPORT, FL (WFLA) -

The Department of Juvenile Justice is weighing in on the punishments for three Pinellas County teens accused of beating another boy on a school bus.

Julian McKnight, Lloyd Khemradj, and Joshua Redding are all charged with aggravated battery. Redding also faces a robbery charge.  The three appeared in court on Tuesday, August 13.

Juvenile Justice officials recommended 9 months probation and anger management for Khemradj and McKnight, but prosecutors disagreed.

Today Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley issued a statement which read in part:

"Upon further consideration, we have determined that the highly violent nature of this crime warrants highly structured probation under DJJ supervision, as the state attorney's office recommended. Therefore, we are revising our recommendation, in concert with the recommendation of the state attorney's office. I want to make it clear that DJJ will do everything in its power to ensure youth are held accountable for their actions.  Moreover, these youth will receive an array of services to hopefully keep them from ever re offending."

The teens are scheduled to return to court August 27th, when the judge in the case will watch video of the attack.

The bus surveillance video from July 9th, shows the 3 teens, ages 14, 15, and 15 at the time, repeatedly punching a younger boy. The victim suffered a broken arm.

Investigators said the attack was in retaliation for the victim telling teachers the older boys wanted to sell him drugs.

 

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