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Shackled 10-year-old Convicted of Fla. Felony


Standing before a Florida judge in an oversize white prison jumpsuit and shackles, a 10-year-old boy was convicted of aggravated battery yesterday for throwing a brick at a homeless man.

The boy, who is not named in news reports, faces a potential sentence ranging from probation to, conceivably, being held in a juvenile detention center until he reaches age 21, according to CNN. Prosecutors say he participated with another 10-year-old and a 17-year-old in an unprovoked attack on a homeless Army veteran in Daytona, Fla., which left the victim, 58, in need of repeated surgeries.

The other 10-year-old assailant pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge and could be sentenced May 24 to as much as one year of juvenile detention. The 17-year-old has pleaded not guilty to aggravated battery and has not yet been tried.

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