CINCINNATI - A man assaulted and robbed by six teens during a "boredom beating" in North College Hill has died.
Pat Mahaney, 46, passed away Friday at University of Cincinnati Medical Center a little less than a year after the vicious beating that caused him to suffer internal bleeding and put him in the hospital for four days.
Investigators determined the teens instigated the August 2012 attack 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.
Marty Korte said he still doesn't understand why anyone would want to hurt his neighbor.
"He was a good boy. He was taking care of his mother," said Korte, who has lived on the Dallas Avenue block where Mahaney was attacked for 50 years.
He said the attack affected Mahaney socially as well as physically. Korte said he had only seen Mahaney one time since the incident because Mahaney "was afraid to walk down the street."
Hamilton County prosecutor's office spokeswoman Julie Wilson said prosecutor Joe Deters has asked the county coroner to perform an autopsy to see if the injuries sustained during the attack played a role in Mahaney's death.
The teens, who were 13 to 14 years old at the time of the attack, were charged with felonious assault and aggravated riot. Their cases are being tried separately in juvenile court.
Three of the six suspects pleaded guilty in March to felonious assault in a plea agreement in which prosecutors agreed to drop aggravated riot charges.
They were originally indicted under a serious youth offenders statute that allows them to be sentenced either as juveniles or as adults.
Wilson said the office will not decide if additional charges will be filed until the coroner issues a report.
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