BP gas station attack suspects appear in court
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Nine teenagers were arrested after a group of students from Northwest Prep Academy
to her car. At least four of them are being charged as adults.
Denizell Gladney, 19, Devin Hulbert, 19, Darion Milken, 18, and Joe Brittman, 19, were arrested and charged with aggravated riot, and assault, among other charges.
Five other teenagers, who are younger than 18, are also charged with aggravated riot. In addition to aggravated riot, two of the teens are charged with vandalism and one is charged with burglary of a motor vehicle.
"Just let them think about the consequences of their actions," said the attack victim, Orrden Williams. "Maybe you need to be sitting in jail while everyone else is going to prom."
However, Judge Gerald Skahan felt differently.
Gladney's bond was reduced to $30,000. He has a prior criminal history that involves marijuana and aggravated robbery charges.
Milken and Brittman's bonds were both reduced to $5,000. Neither of them have prior criminal history.
"I'm disappointed that their bonds were reduced," said Williams.
None of their parents or guardians appeared in court. However, defense attorney Michael Working commented on the judge's decision.
"At 18 or 19, they are still quite impressionable," said Working. "Who do we want them learning from? Do we wanted them learning from teachers in our school systems, or do we want them learning from other bad guys who do bad things?"
All three men were given a 6 p.m. curfew and are banned from the BP gas station. Skahan said, however, that he'd rather see them in school than behind bars.
Working says a good percentage of the people behind bars are high school dropouts.
"So if there's a way to avoid making people a statistic, that's probably why the judge would do that," Working explained.
They will be back in court on April 24, and have to report to pretrial services every day when they are released from jail per the judge's orders.
"I think it'll show Northwest Prep and the rest of the students that I can beat a man up in broad daylight and terrorize his family, and I can come home for $500," Williams commented.
However, in juvenile court, a different judge said two students in his court should stay locked up.
"Some of these people are people you say made physical contact with this man, but you can't release the children to parents," said one of the students' grandmother.
Two other minors were released without having to post any bond.
The grandmother says the situation is unfair, since the court will not release her 16-year-old grandson to his family. Though he is only charged with aggravated riot, he has three other pending cases against him. The court says his record was so bad, he had to be detained.
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong spoke Thursday about keeping the people responsible for recent crimes behind bars.
"Certainly, we have very little influence over bonds," Armstrong said. "It's frustrating to us, as well as these victims."
Williams says he wants all of the teenagers responsible for beating him up to pay for their actions.
"They were swinging over my baby," he added. "I have no hope for them. I want them to suffer the punishment for their actions."
Memphis police are still investigating and trying to identify the other teens involved in the attack. They believe there are approximately 50 total teenagers involved.
If you can help police identify anymore of the teens in the video, please call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.
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