[Hpn] Beaten Homeless Man Shows Mercy In Teens' Sentencing

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Fri, 14 Mar 2008 23:03:33 -0400


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      Beaten Homeless Man Shows Mercy In Teens' Sentencing


      The 17- and 16-year-old boys could have been sentenced to at least =
40 years for their roles in the 2006 attack.  =20


      Three of the four boys involved in the attack have been sentenced. =
The judge said the two sentenced on Friday, Michael Livingston and =
Patrick Keels, were very lucky.=20

      Each boy received two years in juvenile prison and four years of =
probation because, the judge said, their victim showed them mercy.=20

      "I would like to apologize to you, Mr. Teeters, for something that =
I did and I know was wrong," Livingston said. "I would like to say sorry =
in person, and I'd like to know if you accept my apology."=20

      The 16-year-old apologized in court to his victim, William =
Teeters. Keels, 17, also asked Teeters to forgive him for his part in =
the attack.=20

      "I've been praying every night that God would give you the heart =
to forgive me," Keels said.=20

      Teeters accepted the boys' apologies.=20

      "What you did was totally heinous and murderous," he said.=20

      In September 2006, Teeters was sitting on a bench when four =
teenagers pummeled him with fists and cut him with box cutters.=20

      "What I did was wrong," Keels said. "I think about it every night =
that if I had gone to school that morning, I wouldn't be here right =
now."=20

      The boys' mothers apologized too, telling Teeters that their sons =
will prove worthy of leniency.=20

      "All I can do is say I'm sorry for his actions," one mother said.=20

      Teeters told the judge that he thought the boys should get =
youthful offenders status.=20

      "I was put in an adult prison when I was underage and all it did =
was make me harder," he said. "It didn't make me a better man."=20

      Teeters said he could see by the looks in the boys' eyes that they =
had changed their attitudes.=20


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      <P></P>Three of the four boys involved in the attack have been =
sentenced.=20
      The judge said the two sentenced on Friday, Michael Livingston and =
Patrick=20
      Keels, were very lucky.=20
      <P></P>Each boy received two years in juvenile prison and four =
years of=20
      probation because, the judge said, their victim showed them mercy. =

      <P></P>"I would like to apologize to you, Mr. Teeters, for =
something that=20
      I did and I know was wrong," Livingston said. "I would like to say =
sorry=20
      in person, and I'd like to know if you accept my apology."=20
      <P></P>The 16-year-old apologized in court to his victim, William =
Teeters.=20
      Keels, 17, also asked Teeters to forgive him for his part in the =
attack.=20
      <P></P>"I've been praying every night that God would give you the =
heart to=20
      forgive me," Keels said.=20
      <P></P>Teeters accepted the boys' apologies.=20
      <P></P>"What you did was totally heinous and murderous," he said.=20
      <P></P>In September 2006, Teeters was sitting on a bench when four =

      teenagers pummeled him with fists and cut him with box cutters.=20
      <P></P>"What I did was wrong," Keels said. "I think about it every =
night=20
      that if I had gone to school that morning, I wouldn=92t be here =
right now."=20
      <P></P>The boys' mothers apologized too, telling Teeters that =
their sons=20
      will prove worthy of leniency.=20
      <P></P>"All I can do is say I'm sorry for his actions," one mother =
said.=20
      <P></P>Teeters told the judge that he thought the boys should get =
youthful=20
      offenders status.=20
      <P></P>"I was put in an adult prison when I was underage and all =
it did=20
      was make me harder," he said. "It didn't make me a better man."=20
      <P></P>Teeters said he could see by the looks in the boys' eyes =
that they=20
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