Boo frickin' hoo!!!
The two teens wiped the tears from their eyes as Judge Thomas Lipps read the verdict he solely decided on...GUILTY. Yeah, no kidding they were guilty. Each received a minimum one year sentence, Mays got an additional year for transmission of nude photos that will be served after the first sentence is completed. But I have a lot of problems with this case. The first is, Trent Mays, 17 and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, were tried as juveniles. Clearly this was to allow them to serve minimal time, and they will. Think about that if this was your daughter and let me know if you think a year minimum sentence behind bars is enough of a punishment for a rape conviction, I don't, not even close. I think of that young boy in Florida who was charged as an adult for a homicide, he was 13 years old at the time of his arrest. If a kid is old enough to be charged with homicide at that age how is it these guys aren't responsible as adults for committing a sex act on a drunk 16 year old? Is there any question of intent here? The picture of these two holding this girl by her limbs and carrying her like she was a tarp of yard clippings tells me they knew they had complete control over her and the events that were about to occur. This scum digitally penetrated the victim in the back seat of a car, and another teen video recorded it only to delete it the next day because he said he didn't feel good about it. They were sent to the masses of kids in their circle and when they were done with her and she finally came to, her underwear was gone, so were her earrings, her cell phone was taken and she had no recollection of any of it. About the only thing she did remember was holding hands with one of the defendants and throwing up, she testified she had no recollection of any sex acts...but there were plenty there who witnessed this whole event, and what did they do? They whipped out their phones to capture the moment, none of them went to the aid of this girl. That's as troubling as this bogus trial.
Mays not only recorded and sent out text messages and pictures, he even said to one friend that the cops could get his texts and his buddy told him to delete them, he responded by saying, all they need is a computer, and the other dope said "Oh, LOL...Hello Cops"! Mays sure seemed to know early on that a crime had been committed, so how is it that the law felt this was an act of a juvenile? Then there's Richmond's cousin, Sean McGhee, he was one of the recipients of these messages, but his phone had died, so he had texted him back on a someone else's phone and told him: "This is Sean, you are dead wrong. I'm going to choke the shit out of you for that. You could go to jail for life for that. What the fuck"? Sean McGhee.
I have a lot of respect for what McGhee did, he had the berries to go and testify against his cousin, and when asked by the prosecutor why he came forward he said - "I saw how drunk she was". This kid is now a freshman in a Kentucky college, but he was in town when this was occurring, he was at a party where he saw the victim earlier in the evening and she was intoxicated then. If McGhee had the sense to know what they did was wrong when he was just 18, how is it Richmond and Mays were held accountable only as juveniles at 16-17? Saying things like "Fuck the dead girl", or "Piss on the dead girl", these aren't things I'd expect to hear from "kids" but it's something I'd expect to hear from a criminal who had a desire to cross a line that he knew to be illegal.
I'd like to see the Justice Department investigate this whole debacle and bring charges if they find one police officer or one influential member of the town had anything to do with how badly this was handled. This whole case stinks to high heaven and it seems the community believes the police and coaches are routinely looking after football players whenever they get into trouble. I too believe that, and it's not just because of what I've seen and read about this case, it comes from having lived in a few communities where the local officials are tied closely with people within the school and athletic systems and their athletes are placed on pedestals because they've got nothing else to root for except the local team and they can't have any controversy shedding a bad light on the program. A lot of us here at the Gab have been involved with local sports at one time or another, and the politics that usually come hand and hand with them is pretty intense, so it isn't difficult to believe that there was any outside influence here early on.
I just hope that the victim in this case has found some closure and can take comfort knowing that even for a brief period these two dirt bags will spend time behind bars even though they should be spending a couple of decades in a cage.