CINCINNATI – It took 18 months, but three of the six boys who committed the notorious "boredom beating" in North College Hill in 2012 finally received their sentences Thursday.
With Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter suspended while she faces criminal charges, her temporary fill-in, First District Court of Appeals Judge Sylvia Hendon, meted out the punishment.
But first Hendon apologized for the long delay.
"I have no explanation for why this took this long," Hendon said from the bench. She called it a "grave injustice" to the victim's family.
Pat Mahaney's brother and sister-in-law were in the courtroom.
"I apologize," said Hendon, a former juvenile court judge.
The prosecutor told Hendon he did not want these boys to get 500 hours of community service or a book report, referring to the punishment Hunter gave two other boys charged in the attack.
Police said Mahaney, 45, was brutally beaten by the six youths, ages 13 and 14, while walking down the street on Aug. 11, 2012.
"One of the boys was sneaking up behind him and they just hit him out of nowhere, then out of nowhere everybody started coming in and jumping in on him," a neighbor, Marquis Rhode, told WCPO at the time.
The boys said they did it because they were bored and that Mahaney had not done anything to provoke them. Five of them pleaded guilty.
Mahaney was hospitalized for several days, became deeply depressed and shut himself off in his house, neglecting his health, relatives said.
Mahaney died 11 months later. A coroner ruled his death was the result of natural causes, not the beating.
Hendon sent two brothers to Rite of Passage - basically, a reform school run by a private company in the former Hillcrest facility.
If they mess up there, they will have to serve one year at the Department of Youth Services - juvenile prison.
Hendon sent the third youth to Paint Creek , where there is a secure mental health facility. He was taken away in handcuffs.
The three boys will be sent to DYS should they have any more run-ins with the law before they turn 21.
Mahaney's brother and sister-in-law spoke to WCPO after the sentencing.
"I think it could have been a little more harsh, but I'm glad that they are going to get them help and I do hope that they stick with this plan," said Peg Mahaney, the victim's sister-in-law.
"I hope they can straighten out their lives," said Michael Mahaney, the victim's brother.
"I'm skeptical that they can, but I hope they do."