Fla. Teen Convicted in Middle School Beating Case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida teenager has been convicted in a vicious kicking and stomping attack on a girl outside a middle school in 2010 by a jury that rejected his insanity defense.

The jury on Monday found 17-year-old Wayne Treacy guilty of attempted first-degree murder in the assault on then-15-year-old Josie Lou Ratley. Treacy could get up to 50 years in prison. Ratley has permanent brain injuries.

The crux of the case was Treacy's defense that he was not responsible because he suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from his brother's suicide a few months earlier.

The attack happened after Ratley enraged Treacy by sending him a taunting text message about his dead brother.

Experts agreed Treacy had PTSD. But prosecution psychiatrists testified that Treacy clearly knew right from wrong.

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM
    Well the girl shouldn't have sent this boy that message. He may have knew right from wrong but a person grieving over a loved one don't need to be taunted.He may have snapped. For a person to send a heartless message like she did to that boy she may have already had brain damage.
WTVY-TV 285 N Foster Street Dothan, AL 36303 334-792-3195
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 162641886 - wtvy.com/a?a=162641886
Gray Television, Inc.