Mifflin trial ends with settlement
16-year-old Timothy Armistead and 15-year-old Brandyn Hobbs each pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault.
The rape charge was reduced to assault and the charges of sexual battery and kidnapping were dismissed as a result of the plea agreement.
Armistead's attorney, Gerald Sunbury, said the plea agreement was as close to a win-win outcome for both sides. Hobbs' attorney, Bill Sieloff, had similar sentiments.
Speaking with Mr. Hobbs and his family we feel that this is in the best interest of all the parties involved and concluding this matter today is the right thing to do.
Prosecutor Angela Canepa said a plea was reached in part to spare the 16-year-old developmentally delayed victim from having to testify, but Canepa said the victim would have been willing to face the accused.
She was a real trooper. She came down many times for us. We showed her the courtroom and she's always a pleasant and very cooperative girl. Certainly I think that's difficult for any person to face the people who perpetrated these crimes against them in a courtroom in this kind of a setting, but she had never given us any indication that she wasn't willing and able to do that.
Both teenagers will go through psychological and sex offender assessments prior to sentencing. Hobbs could be placed on probation for two years. Armistead, who is already serving an 18 month sentence at the Department of Youth Services for carrying a concealed weapon and assault, could be retained there until age 21. A sentence hearing is scheduled for sometime after the first of the year.