Teens Start Sentence for Racial Beatings that Shocked SoCal City

INGLEWOOD, CA (AP) - Two teenagers who took part in the Halloween beating of three white women by a black mob surrendered to begin serving juvenile camp sentences.

The boys, who were 15 at the time of the attack, were taken into custody on Friday. They will spend three months at a camp run by Los Angeles County probation officials.

The teens were allowed to complete the semester at Jordan High School before surrendering.

The teens also must make restitution to the victims for medical expenses and attend a nine-week hate crime education course run by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

At a juvenile court hearing on Friday, Judge Irma Brown told the teens that she expects them to have apology letters for their victims ready when they return to court after serving their sentences.

The youngsters were accused of being among 40 to 50 black youths who hurled racial slurs and attacked three white women visiting a popular haunted house in Long Beach's upscale Bixby Hills area. The attack gained nationwide attention and deeply divided the economically and racially diverse seaside city.

The women were pelted with fruit, miniature pumpkins and newspapers, beaten to the ground and struck with a skateboard. One victim was knocked unconscious and another had more than a dozen facial fractures.

Last month, the two teens pleaded guilty to one count each of felony assault to produce great bodily injury and an enhancement of personal infliction of great bodily injury. In return, prosecutors dropped hate crime charges.

In January, eight girls and one man, ages 13 to 18, were convicted of felony assault and eight of them also were convicted of a hate-crime enhancement.

They were sentenced to probation and house arrest after spending about three months in custody during their trials.

A 12-year-old girl was acquitted.

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