Two Teens Charged With Attacking Girl on YouTube Video Take Plea Deals
BARTOW, Florida – The last two Florida teens involved in the videotaped beating of a classmate have agreed to plea deals.
Kayla Hassall and April Cooper were among the teens arrested last year and accused of attacking a 16-year-old girl. The attack was recorded on video and seen around the world via the Internet and TV.
They accepted plea deals Wednesday, keeping the case from going to trial. Three other teens have done the same.
A spokesman for the state attorney's office says Hassall pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor battery and Cooper pleaded guilty to two counts. They will be punished as juveniles and face up to a year of detention on each count.
Officials said the teens planned to post the video on the Internet as retaliation for "trash-talking."