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Teen given probation in Ohio 'boredom' beating

CINCINNATI (AP) — The last of six southwest Ohio teens who police said severely beat a man because they were bored was sentenced to probation Thursday.

The Hamilton County judge deplored the attack as she also ordered a complete mental health diagnostic program for the youth, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported (http://cin.ci/1mh3IyN ).

"This was a horrible, horrible, brutal, hideous incident," Judge Sylvia Hendon said. However, she added, "this court is supposed to rehabilitate children, not break them."

The boys, who were 13 and 14 at the time, attacked Pat Mahaney in 2012 in suburban North College Hill. Police said the boys told them they were looking for something to do and picked Mahaney out from the street to attack. He was hospitalized for both internal and external injuries.

The 46-year-old Mahaney died the next year. A coroner ruled that his death wasn't caused by the beating. However, his brother said the beating had traumatized Mahaney, and that he stayed at home drinking in isolation afterward.

The other five boys were sentenced to probation or various periods of confinement in juvenile facilities. The Associated Press isn't naming them because of their ages.

Hendon, a former juvenile court judge, is an appellate court judge who began presiding over the case in the aftermath of the Ohio Supreme Court's January suspension of Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter. Hunter faces a Sept. 8 trial on nine felony charges of tampering with evidence, forgery and theft in office. She became judge in 2012.

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