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Two of four juveniles charged with severe beating of another teen on Centralia street plead guilty

Two of four juveniles charged with severe beating of another teen on Centralia street plead guilty

Two juveniles charged with aggravated battery in connection with the severe beating of a 15-year-old juvenile boy have pleaded guilty in Marion County juvenile court.

Both were placed on five years probation and given credit for 50 days served in juvenile detention since their arrest on the charges. As part of the plea, both were ordered to have no contact with the injured juvenile or his family and will have to provide a statement to Centralia Police on what happened the night of the beating incident on August 15th near the Lincoln and Haussler Street intersection.

Each of the juveniles had been charged with two counts of aggravated battery. As part of the plea, the juveniles only pleaded guilty to one of the two aggravated battery charges pending against them.

Both minors were released from custody to a parent at the conclusion of the hearings. The two had both been scheduled for trial on the charges this week.

The other two juveniles are scheduled for trial next week.

Centralia Police have indicated the juvenile victim received a permanent brain injury. He has been allowed to return home from a St. Louis Hospital where he underwent lengthy treatment and rehabilitation.

One adult,  also still has an aggravated battery charge pending in connection with the beating.   48-year-old Christopher James is currently scheduled to go to jury trial on November 12th on two counts of aggravated battery.