A 16-year-old boy has been sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in the savage beating of a teenager in Columbia's Five Points area two years ago.
Delarrett Canzater was 14 when prosecutors say he and seven other youths age 13 to 19 roamed through Five Points in June 2011 just looking for someone to attack.
They targeted 18-year-old Carter Strange as he was jogging home, trying to make curfew after visiting a friend.
Strange was severely beaten and left for dead. He suffered physical and psychological trauma and was left with some $100,000 in medical bills.
The judge, who could have sentenced Canzater up to 20 years, told him people ought to be able to walk the streets of the Capital City without having to worry about being ambushed.
Canzater's mother, Cynthia Hampton, apologized to Strange's family, saying her son got off course because of the lack of a male role model.
Strange's mother, Vicki, said she wanted to be compassionate, but the group of boys made a deliberate decision to cross the street and assault her son and said they have to be held accountable.
The last one of the eight youths still must be sentenced.