A second teen accused of mugging an 11-year-old boy for his shoes pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge of robbery.
Keshawn N. Harvey, 16, admitted in Richmond County Superior Court that he committed robbery June 19, 2016, when he participated in the mugging at a Hephzibah apartment complex.
Harvey fared better than his former co-defendant, Terrance McCray, which the judge credited to defense attorney Bobby Christine. McCray, 17, was sentenced to two years in prison followed by 10 years on probation under the First Offender Act.
Harvey’s case is different from McCray, Christine said. He was only 15 at the time of the crime, and he didn’t know about the gun until McCray displayed it to intimidate the younger child, Christine said. The gun had been stolen in a burglary, and McCray was adjudicated a juvenile delinquent because of another break-in at the same house.
Harvey has an extensive support system with family and friends, a number of whom came to court in his support Thursday. It was partly because of them, Judge J. Wade Padgett said, that he leaned away from a prison term. As Christine referenced, prison could distort any chance Harvey may have, and the judge said he had no interest in being a part of that.
Harvey had already benefited from a reduction in the charge, Padgett said. He had to think of an 11-year-old who suffered an ultimate form of bullying.
Padgett sentenced Harvey to 360 days incarceration at the Department of Juvenile Justice for as long as the facility allows. He warned that the Department of Corrections could still take Harvey after he turns 17. Harvey will have an additional nine years on probation, during which time he is prohibited from all illegal drugs and from having any contact with McCray. He must also pay $1,000 without any assistance from his family.
Padgett granted Harvey First Offender status.
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