NJ teen sentenced to detention center for assaulting fellow student
A 17-year-old New Brunswick High School student has been sentenced to 60 days in a juvenile detention center for repeatedly kicking and punching a younger teen, causing him various injuries.
According to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, the juvenile - whose name is not being released - was 16 years old when the assault took place at New Brunswick High School on March 10. Police say the teen was charged after New Brunswick Police determined that he knocked the 15-year-old victim to the floor in a high school corridor. The teen "repeatedly punched and kicked the victim, who sustained facial and dental injuries and a sprained collar bone," the prosecutor said in a statement.
During a court hearing in New Bruncwick on May 11, the teen pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to serve 60 days in the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center, the prosecutor said. He will also serve two years of probation following his release.
"The juvenile pleaded guilty to juvenile delinquency for conduct that if committed by an adult would constitute an aggravated assault upon the fellow student," according to the Prosecutor's Office.
Authorities say aggravated assault is a second degree crime and is usually punishable by a term of up to three years in the New Jersey Training School for Boys in Jamesburg. In this case, however, the judge ruled that the teen can serve his sentence at the county juvenile detention facility. He is currently under house arrest until his term at the detention center begins on June 24.
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