Ohio teens who dropped sandbag off overpass, killing man, given suspended sentence

Ohio teens who dropped sandbag off overpass, killing man, given suspended sentence
Statement read in court by one of the teens (Image: ABC News video screen grab)

[Ed. – Justice?]

[F]our Ohio teens who pleaded guilty to dropping a sandbag off a freeway overpass that killed a 22-year-old man were given a suspended sentence and ordered to a treatment center on Friday.

Marquis Byrd was the passenger in a vehicle that was hit by the sandbag dropped onto Interstate 75 in Toledo last December. Byrd was left in critical condition and died three days later in the hospital.

The four teens, all aged 13 or 14, pleaded guilty to either murder or manslaughter. The boy who dropped the sandbag pleaded guilty to murder while the other three pleaded to involuntary manslaughter, the Toledo Blade reported. The teen who pleaded guilty to murder was sentenced to the Department of Youth Services until he turns 21, while the teens who pleaded guilty to manslaughter were sentenced to three years in the Department of Youth Services.

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All four sentences were suspended by the judge in favor of being sent to Toledo’s Lucas County Youth Treatment Center.

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