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2 more teens sentenced for brutal attack at St. John's high school

Five young people ranging from 14 to 18 years old have been charged or convicted in connection to a violent attack at Prince of Wales Collegiate in St. John's last year. (Ted Dillion/CBC - image credit)
Five young people ranging from 14 to 18 years old have been charged or convicted in connection to a violent attack at Prince of Wales Collegiate in St. John's last year. (Ted Dillion/CBC - image credit)

Two young offenders convicted of aggravated assault have been slapped with 18 and 24 months in custody, respectively, just over a year after an attack left a high school student severely injured.

Both convicted teens at Wednesday's hearing had pleaded guilty for the attack with weapons, which happened outside Prince of Wales Collegiate on March 9 of last year.

The convicted teens cannot be named because they were minors at the time of the assault.

A publication ban also covers the facts of the case, meaning precisely what happened that day cannot be reported until the adult accused of involvement, Tyler Greening, gets his day in court. He next appears in April.

Prosecutors had recommended one of the teens get the maximum sentence for young offenders — 24 months including probation — and the other receive 18 months.

Judge James Walsh heeded the sentencing submissions for both teens, but withheld the credit for time served for one of them, leaving him with about a year remaining at the youth detention centre in Whitbourne. His sentence includes six months under community supervision followed by six months on probation.

The other has four months left to serve in detention before completing two months under supervision in the community, followed by a year on probation.

After sentencing, Walsh spoke briefly about impact of the offenders' act of "violence, shock and fear."

"All of this was completely avoidable," the judge said, noting the attack harmed both the school community and the victim and his family.

"No parent should have to experience what his parents have gone through as a result of this heinous act."

Five offenders in total, ranging from 14 to 18 at the time of the attack, were charged for the violent assault outside Prince of Wales Collegiate.

Two other minors have pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and were sentenced to 24 months and 18 months respectively in January.

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