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5 of the Jena 6 Freed

29 Jun
The Jena 6

The Jena 6

It’s finally over for 5 of the 6 young men in Jena, La.

ENA, La. (AP) – The Jena Six case, which once prompted a massive civil rights demonstration and drew international attention, saw the final chapter played out quietly.

Five neatly dressed young men answered “Yes Sir,” on Friday as state District Judge Tom Yeager asked them if they accepted the terms of a deal that included pleading no contest to misdemeanor simple battery.

The charges against the five – Carwin Jones, Jesse Ray Beard, Robert Bailey Jr., Bryant Purvis and Theo Shaw – had previously been reduced from attempted murder to aggravated second-degree battery after they were accused of beating and kicking schoolmate Justin Barker.

Civil rights leaders railed against the harshness of the original charge, saying it was because the defendants were black and Barker was white.

“Everybody pointed a finger at Jena during this, but this happens to African-American males across the country,” Utter said. “These young men were lucky that people cared and donated money so they could afford good attorneys. That made the difference.”

The plea deal gave the defendants seven days probation, a $500 fine and court costs. Mychal Bell, the sixth defendant, had previously pleaded guilty to a second-degree battery charge and received an 18-month sentence.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2009 in American Genocide

 

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6 responses to “5 of the Jena 6 Freed

  1. TAMESHA

    October 27, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    HI MY NAME IS TAMESHA IM FROM JENA AND I JUST WANNA SAY I THINK ITS WRONG FOR WHAT THEY DID,AND THATS SO RACIST!!

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  2. TAMESHA

    October 27, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    HI ITS ME MESHA AGAIN..IM FROM JANA BUT I STAY IN CALIFORNIA WHEN I FIRST HEARD ABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING I KNEW IT WAS ABOUT TO GO DOWN IN HISTORY..JANA A SMALL TOWN,,

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  3. dede

    November 16, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    hi im dede they did right by mii hands

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  4. Jena

    January 26, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    I am ashamed for my name to be jena, because of all thats going on in Jena,Louisiana

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  5. pagelyn

    July 27, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    I can’t believe that these boys would get in ‘trouble’ as, they were just ‘expressing’ there rigts

    There should have been no Jail time but more so ‘town’ counseling;.

    I just wonder how … how one year ago, the whole town is doing and dealing wit the after mass?

    white girl from Canada..

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  6. make a difference

    August 7, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    I think that if you do the crime you should do the time. it is not right for black, white, red, yellow, pink, purple or green people act like animals and not get the punishment they deserve. If you are willing to lay hands or feet in this case on another human being you should be ready to accept the punishment you reap what you sew so people let these young men learn their lesson now before it is to late and they really get into trouble and end up in prison for life!!!!!!

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