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Second teen pleads guilty in Steve Utash beating case

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Steve Utash’s family is one step closer to having all his attackers identified. WXYZ.com reports that a second teenager appeared today, Wednesday, May 18 in juvenile court and has accepted a plea deal for his involvement in the beating of Utash. Steve Utash was beaten by a mob in April and spent time in the hospital with severe brain trauma.

The boy was 16 at the time of the attack and will be charged as a juvenile. He has since turned 17.

At his testimony in juvenile court the teen stated that he only punched Steve Utash twice in the head during the April 2nd incident. According to his attorney, Solomon Radner, he just made a poor choice in his decision to attack Utash after a child was hit by Utash’s truck. The child ran out in front of Utash’s truck and was only mildly hurt with gashes to his mouth and a broken foot. Video from a nearby gas station showed that Utash was unable to stop before hitting the child.

The teen ran away after punching Utash and was unaware that a mob beat Utash almost to death.

The teen pled guilty to assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. Because of this guilty admission, the ethnic intimidation charge was waived.

Clickondetroit.com has posted a link to a press release prepared by the teen’s lawyer. The statement made by the teen’s family resents the fact that the teen was charged with racism and a hate crime.

There are a few areas we would like to address: First, we are not racist. We resented the fact that they initially charged our son with a hate crime. We have never taught racism in our home, and it is something we would not tolerate, ever. Second, we have always taught out [sic] children that there are other ways to resolve conflicts and that violence is not the answer.

Read the full statement here.

The teen will be under the control of Wayne County Child & Family Services with a review of his status in three months.

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