Bristol teens get suspended sentences in beating case; victim expected more
Mar 12, 2009 at 12:00 AM
According to the Bristol Herald Courier, it was brave of Steven Hilliard to attend the sentencing of two of his former schoolmates who conspired to attack him in December.But after a judge gave the two 16-year-old defendants 30-day suspended sentences for their convictions of unlawful wounding, Hilliard, 15, was disappointed.“I was expecting more,” Hilliard said of the sentences for Nathan Anthony Johnston and Austin Taylor Shaw. “They should have gotten more.”The Dec. 3 beating took place on the stairs outside the Bristol Public Library. Shaw was accused of luring Hilliard outside, and Johnston was charged with breaking Hilliard’s nose. Both were convicted in January.Another student, 17-year-old Zachary Ferguson, was accused of filming the beating and was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery. His mother, Kelly Ferguson, said in February that her son was given time served after being arrested Dec. 3 and was freed from a juvenile detention home Jan. 14.