Mays, Richmond found delinquent

STEUBENVILLE – Two Ohio high school football players have been found delinquent of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl in a case that roiled a small city and stirred reaction from activists online.

Judge Thomas Lipps ruled today in juvenile court that Steubenville High School students Trent Mays, 17 of Bloomingdale and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16 of Steubenville are guilty of attacking the Weirton girl after an alcohol-fueled party last August.

Mays and Richmond were charged with digitally penetrating the West Virginia girl, first in a car and then in a house. They could be held in a juvenile jail until they turn 21.

The case divided the community amid allegations that more students should have been charged and led to questions about the influence of the football team, a local source of a pride.

Lipps immediately began the sentencing procedure.

State prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter asked him to issue the maximum possible sentence, saying neither defendant showed any remorse during the four-day trial.

Richmond broke down into tears as his attorney, Walter Madison, began his arguments.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is in Steubenville and will hold a news conference concerning the case and the investigation shortly after the court session ends.