“Beating” and “Probation” are two words that should never be used together in the same sentence. I guess the Itasca County attorney is taking lessons from our clown.

Teen sentenced in Grand Rapids group home beating
By News Tribune on Sep 8, 2015 at 8:08 p.m.

A Cloquet teenager will avoid prison if he meets terms of probation imposed on Tuesday as he was sentenced for his part in the severe beating of a Grand Rapids group home worker.
Itasca County District Court Judge Korey Wahwassuck sentenced Dylan Lee King, 18, on Tuesday to 8½ years in prison, but the sentence was stayed if he successfully completes 10 years of supervised probation, according to Itasca County Attorney John J. Muhar. The probation includes 113 days in jail.

King was one of four male teenage residents of the Teens in Transition group home who assaulted the employee on Dec. 13, 2014, with objects that included a sock full of pool balls, a frying pan and a computer monitor. King and two of the other teens were juveniles at the time of the assault, but their cases were transferred to adult court for prosecution.

King previously pled guilty to one count of assault in the first degree.

Dacota Geoffrey Smith, 18, also received a probationary sentence including jail time. Ricky Leland Wirz, 18, was sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation. Jerod Marquee Beaulieu, 18, is serving six years in prison for the crime.

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