Saturday, March 31, 2007

Victim Was Riley's Accomplice

I guess their is no honor among theives.

From the Athens, Ohio newspaper, The Post Online

The alleged accomplice of a Nelsonville boy facing more than 100 charges had a warrant issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in Athens County Juvenile Court yesterday.

Jeffrey Mehl, 15, told Nelsonville police he had taken part in some of the alleged crimes of 13-year-old Andrew Riley. Mehl was also the victim in a videotaped incident that led to Riley’s charge of intimidating a witness.

Mehl faces eight misdemeanor charges of complicity to theft and one felony charge of complicity to burglary. He also faces two charges of receiving stolen property, one a felony and the other a misdemeanor. The severity of a receiving stolen property charge hinges on the value of the stolen items.

Riley, the Nelsonville teen facing 14 felony and 12 misdemeanor counts, was caught on tape attacking Mehl on a school bus because Mehl had spoken with police about the crimes, police said.

Assistant County Prosecutor Patrick Lang, who requested the warrant, was quick to assert that arresting Mehl is not the ideal course of action sought by the court.

“We want to make every effort to get in contact with the family so he can come into court,” he said. “It’s always a last resort to have to get a police officer and arrest a kid.”

I think a good trip to the woodshed would have done both these young punks some good.

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