Steubenville Rape Trial Verdict To Be Handed Down This Morning [UPDATED: Guilty]

UPDATE [2]: Mays has been sentenced to serve two years consecutively at minimum, or until he is 21 at maximum. Richmond has been sentenced to serve one year at minimum, or until he is 21 at maximum. Both will be required to register as juvenile sex offenders. Both may not have contact with the victim at least until they are 21. They will both be taken into custody today. Judge Lipps responds to calls for leniency by saying such leniency was shown by not trying the defendants as adults.

UPDATE: Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond have been found guilty on all three counts. The prosecutor has asked Judge Tom Lipps to consider the harassment and victim-blaming the victim also dealt with when deciding sentencing. “The absolute disregard for another human being can not go unpunished.” One of the defense lawyers teared up and asked for a moment to collect himself. You can watch a livestream here. 

Trent Mays stood up and apologized for “taking pictures” and “sending pictures around.” “No pictures should have been taken,” Mays said before sitting down. Mays makes no mention of the actual sexual assault. Ma’lik Richmond approached the victim who was sitting in the courtroom, and broke down in tears as he apologized, speaking in non-specific terms. Richmond’s father asked Judge Lipps for forgiveness.

EARLIER: The judge in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape trial — in which Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, are accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old female classmate — will be rendering his verdict today at 10 a.m. EST. We’ll be updating this post when the verdict is delivered. Yesterday, the prosecution ended their four-day presentation of evidence with the victim taking the stand and describing what she does and does not remember about that night. The New York Times recaps her testimony here, and recaps it here. Additionally, the prosecution’s case also included testimony from three witnesses, who were granted immunity, who described what they saw that night. You can read a recap of their testimonies here. [NYTimesAtlantic WireTIME]