NORTH COLLEGE HILL - Six teens who allegedly severely beat a man because they were "bored" have been indicted, and if convicted could face harsher penalties than juvenile sentencing.
Police in North College Hill say Pat Mahaney, 45, was found covered in blood on the evening of Aug. 11 on Dallas Avenue in North College Hill and police charged six 13- and 14-year-olds with felonious assault and aggravated rioting for their roles in allegedly beating Mahaney.
The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office filed indictments under the serious youthful offenders statue. This 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.
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."
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.
The teens' next court date is set for Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. in front of Juvenile Judge Tracie Hunter.
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.