On Tuesday, Wayne County prosecutors charged De’Vante Howard, 14, and Martell Dewberry, 13, with one count each of assault with intent to commit murder.
On Oct. 12, the teens reportedly attacked a homeless man in the 2300 block of Danforth Street in Hamtramck, a suburb of Detroit.
The victim, 55-year-old Nick Veselenak, is known by locals as "Casper the Cat Man," as he devotes most of his time to taking care of the neighborhood's numerous stray cats.
Veselenak was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
Hamtramck Police Chief Max Garbarino told M LIVE:
They just beat him for no reason. He's basically a harmless soul. My whole department feels sympathy for this one because they've known him for a long time."
Both Howard and Dewberry will be tried as adults. If convicted, they could face a sentence of up to life in prison.
They are currently being held at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center.
Wayne County prosecutors have described the vicious assault as a 'thrill beating.'