NORTH COLLEGE HILL, Ohio - Six teens who allegedly severely beat a man because they were "bored" appeared in court Tuesday.
Hamilton County Juvenile Judge Tracie Hunter set new hearings later in September for each of the boys, ages 13 to 14. She has not yet set a trial date for the boys, who were indicted last week on one count each of felonious assault and aggravated rioting under the serious youth offenders statute, which means that while the teens are not being tried as adults and court proceedings will continue in Hamilton County Juvenile Court, the teens could face either a juvenile sentence or an adult sentence if convicted.
Four of the teens have been released from custody, while Hunter lowered the bond amount for a fifth teen and set a Thursday bond hearing for a sixth teen.
The boys are charged with assaulting 45-year-old Pat Mahaney on Aug. 11 in North College Hill.
Police in North College Hill say Mahaney was found covered in blood on Dallas Avenue.
Mahaney was hospitalized for four days with internal injuries and bleeding, cuts and bruises.
Police say the youths admitted the man had done nothing to provoke them, but they decided to attack him because they were "bored" and looking for something to do.
North College Hill Police Chief Gary Foust said the juveniles jumped Mahaney from behind, hit him in the head and knocked him to the ground with a six-pack of beer he had just purchased.
"As they were approaching the individual they actually discussed this event, before actually doing the event," Foust said.
A fund has been set up to help Mahaney with his medical bills from the attack.
Donations can be made at any 5/3 Bank in his name.