2 teens plead guilty to assault on homeless man

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Two of the five teenagers charged in the beating of a homeless man in North Carolina have pleaded guilty.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports 18-year-old Tremayne Jaquan Butler was sentenced to 33 months and a 17-year-old boy was sentenced to 39 months after each accepted a plea bargain Monday in the January assault on Bill Bloxham.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Friel says 60-year-old Bloxham's medical bills totaled about $500,000, and the assault left him with brain injuries, near-blindness and a collapsed lung, among other injuries. In court, Bloxham said he bore no hate or anger toward his assailants.

Butler's attorney Eric Ellison told the judge that although the two defendants took part in the attack, they didn't instigate it. Both apologized in court.

The other cases haven't come before the court.


Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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