Teen pleads guilty to attempted murder at YDC

A former resident of the Au­gusta Youth Development Campus accused of trying to kill another resident pleaded guilty Monday.

Daryl Gordon, 17, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday for attempted murder, said Assistant District At­tor­ney Natalie Paine. Paine said the teen victim was stomped about 20 times in the Dec. 2, 2012, attack and spent 24 hours on life support.

The lasting effect of the beating could not be determined because of the victim’s mental disability, she said.

Gordon was transferred to another facility after the attack. He has since been charged in Chatham County with assault, accused of stabbing a guard in the neck, Paine said during Monday’s hearing.

Gordon’s attack followed the killing of another resident of the Augusta juvenile facility in 2011.

In late 2011, 11 employees of the Youth Development Campus were fired, including the director, after the Nov. 7 beating death of Jade Holder and a Dec. 4 sexual assault.

On Oct. 19, 2012, five teenagers escaped from the detention center, allegedly stole a car and were chased by sheriff’s deputies before the teen driver crashed. The director of the detention center at that time resigned.

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