Pat Mahaney 'boredom beating': North College Hill assault victim died of natural causes

CINCINNATI - After completing its autopsy, the Hamilton County Coroner's Office determined Patrick Mahaney, the "boredom beating," victim died of natural causes.

Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco stated on Monday that Mahaney, who was assaulted by six teens in August 2012, did not succumb to "residual physical effects from that beating."

Mahaney died Friday, July 12 at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters was waiting for the results of the autopsy before deciding whether to file additional charges against the teens who attacked Mahaney, a North College Hills resident, as he was returning home from a convenience store.

When the teens were asked why they perpetrated the attack, they allegedly told police they did it because they were bored and looking for something to do.

Three of the teens, who were 13 to 14 years old at the time of the attack, pleaded guilty to felonious assault in March. The other cases are being tried separately in juvenile court.

The teens were originally indicted under a serious youth offenders statute that allows them to be sentenced either as juveniles or adults.

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 at the time of the assault.

"As they were approaching the individual they actually discussed this event, before actually doing the event," Foust said.

 

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