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WIDSTRAND BEATING: 15-year-old sentenced to 18-24 months, will testify

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

On Tuesday afternoon, a 15-year-old boy became the first to be sentenced in connection with the brutal beating of Ray Widstrand on St. Paul's east side on Aug. 4.

Under the terms of the established by Judge Mark Ireland in Ramsey County Juvenile court, 103 months of the adult sentence was stayed under the plea agreement. Instead, the boy will spend between 18 and 24 months in a secure juvenile facility and will also have enhanced supervision until his 21st birthday.

Yet, that sentence could change if the boy violates a court order. If he does, the supervision designation would be revoked and he would be referred to the adult correctional system to serve out the full 103-months.

The teen pleaded guilty to felony assault in the first degree, admitting he inflicted great bodily harm on the victim and abetted in the commission of a crime -- and he also agreed to testify against additional defendants in the case going forward, of which there are several.

Issac Maiden, 19, is among the defendants connected to the case. He is currently charged with first-degree assault, first-degree aggravated robbery, and two counts of committing a crime for the benefit of a gang.

Two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old, Cindarion De'Angelo Butler, are also facing the same charges as Maiden. The two youngest defendants are facing adult certification rulings to determine whether they will be tried in juvenile court or in criminal court. Butler has already been certified to stand trial as an adult.

Widstrand, 27, was walking home when he came across a group of 40 to 50 young people who were fighting in the street. He was knocked down, beaten and stomped on. The mob even took off his pants to rifle through them.

After multiple surgeries, Widstrand is currently recovering; however, he will need months of continued intensive therapy.

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