Teen Suspect in Videotaped Beating of Classmate Pleads Guilty

Published January 28, 2009

| Associated Press

A Polk County teenager accused of participating in the videotaped beating of a classmate has accepted a plea deal.

Mercades Nichols, 18, pleaded guilty to battery and tampering with a witness Tuesday. The State Attorney's Office said a kidnapping charge was dropped.

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Nichols also agreed to plead guilty to charges of battery, assault and violation of an injunction in an unrelated case, in which she was accused of stalking a former boyfriend. She is scheduled be sentenced in March.

Nichols was among a group of teens arrested in 2008 and accused of attacking a 16-year-old girl. The attack was recorded on video and broadcast around the world.

Nichols' attorney, Melissa A. Wilson, called the case an "unfortunate situation."

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