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2 teens found guilty in Steubenville, Ohio, rape case

March 17, 2013|By Tina Susman
  • Defense attorney Walter Madison, left, cross-examines forensic scientist Laureen Marinetta, right, as Judge Thomas Lipps, center, listens on the fourth day of the rape trial against Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio.
Defense attorney Walter Madison, left, cross-examines forensic scientist… (Keith Srakocic )

A judge Sunday found two teenage boys guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl during a night of high school parties that was captured on text messages, pictures and videos and shared among the defendants and their friends.

Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, sat silently as Judge Thomas Lipps delivered his sentence. Mays then broke down in tears.

Richmond and Mays were each charged with raping the girl, who is 16 -- once in the back of a car and again at a friend’s house. Mays was also charged with illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material because pictures of the naked girl were found on his cellphone.

Judge Thomas Lipps heard the case without a jury. 

The victim, a West Virginia girl, testified that she remembered little of that night until she woke up naked in a strange house. Her cellphone, shoes and underwear were missing, she said.  

“It was really scary,” she testified. “I honestly did not know what to think because I could not remember anything.” 

She said she suspected she had been drugged because otherwise she couldn't understand how she could have been that intoxicated.

Two of her former friends testified, however, that she often drank too much and had a habit of lying.

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