New York teen gets 15 months probation in beating caught on viral video

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 01, 2015 6:59 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A teenage girl was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 months' probation for her part in a group beating of a young woman at a McDonald's restaurant in Brooklyn that was captured on video and went viral, her lawyer said.

The 15-year-old girl, whose name was withheld because of her age, pleaded guilty to assault after joining in the pummeling as customers looked on at the fast-food restaurant last month, her attorney, Harold Baker, said.

A Brooklyn judge ordered her to observe a curfew of 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30 p.m. on weekends, and to not get arrested again.

"She's seen the error of her ways," said Baker, who said her case was treated as a juvenile matter.

Six girls were arrested in the vicious after-school attack that was captured in a video posted on YouTube, where it has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

The video shows a group of girls punching another girl as a cheering crowd encircles them, with the victim falling to the ground where she is kicked and stomped.

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The suspected ringleader was identified as Aniah Ferguson, 16, who is charged with robbery and assault in the second degree, a New York police spokeswoman said.

(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Eric Beech)