Teens plead guilty in bus beating case - FOX 13 News

Teens plead guilty in bus beating case

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The three teenagers, accused of brutally beating a 13-year-old schoolmate on a bus in Gulfport, received their sentences from a Pinellas County judge Thursday.

Joshua Reddin, Julian McKnight and Khemradj Lloyd were all put on indefinite supervised probation and received ankle monitoring bracelets.

The only difference in their punishments: Lloyd and McKnight must complete 40 hours of community service. Redding, meanwhile, received 70 hours because he was also charged with robbery for stealing $5 from the victim after the attack and for an unrelated disorderly conduct charge.

The three 15-year-olds were all given the chance to explain to Judge Raymond Gross what happened.

"I was angry," Reddin said. "I felt disrespected because something bad was said about me that wasn't true."

When asked if he had any message for the victim Redding said, "I'm sorry."

Gulfport Police have said this all started when the victim told Lealman Intermediate School staff that Reddin and McKnight had offered him drugs at school.

Although it's unclear why Lloyd got involved, the three teenagers attacked the victim on the way home from school last month.

Prosecutors revealed one stunning detail during Thursday's hearing: this beating practically never had the chance to happen.

Assistant State Attorney William Schopper told the judge the bus had already left the school while Reddin and McKnight were still talking to staff about the accusations. The bus was told to turn around and pick up the two eventual attackers.

Schopper also said school workers didn't find any drugs on the teenagers.

A Pinellas County Schools spokesperson wouldn't comment on why the bus was told to come back, because "it involves confidential student information."

Although the three teenagers didn't have much to say during court, their parents and grandparents talked about how disappointed they are and how deeply they regret what happened.

"I want to apologize to [the victim's] family for the actions of my son," said Julian McKnight's father of the same name. "I'm very upset with him and I'm embarrassed."

"He wasn't raised that way," said Lloyd's grandfather. "He really brought shame upon myself, my church family and everybody."

The victim's family wasn't in court and didn't speak on camera but expressed their displeasure with the outcome of the sentencing.

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