Teen Killers in Death of 13-Year-Old Boy Showed ‘No Empathy,’ Blamed Victim for His Own Death, But Get No Jail Time and a Slap on the Wrist

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A pair of California teenagers who beat a student to death in 2019 will face a sentence of anger management, a judge ruled Friday. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Roger A. Luebs made it clear the sentence was hard to swallow, and said that state law required him to sentence the two teens, who are 14 now but were 13 at the time of the crime, to the least restrictive sentence that could lead to rehabilitation and protect public safety. “I know that my decision will not make everyone happy. In fact, it will probably make some people in the community angry,” he said. Video of the Sept. 16, 2019, attack at Landmark Middle School in Moreno Valley, which is east of Los Angeles, showed one boy attacking victim Diego Stolz from behind. Stolz hit his head against a pillar. After he fell to the ground, both boys charged in his death continued to punch him. Stoltz died nine days later due to a brain injury, according to The Associated Press. The boys were routed through California’s juvenile court system, where they admitted to involuntary manslaughter and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. They later served 47 days in juvenile custody.

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