11 juveniles plead guilty in Columbia man’s beating death

The Greenville NewsOctober 2, 2013 

Harrison

— Eleven juveniles pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and battery by a mob in connection with the April beating death of a 20-year-old Columbia man on Vardry Street in Greenville, 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said Wednesday.

The juveniles were sentenced to an indefinite period, up to age 21, with the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, Wilkins said.

Six adults have been charged with first-degree assault and battery by a mob and are awaiting trial, Wilkins said. If convicted, each faces 30 years to life in prison.

As part of a plea agreement, the juveniles admitted to and detailed what they did, Wilkins said. He wouldn’t elaborate.

He said “it’s difficult to discern” if the beating was gang-related.

“It appeared to be more spontaneous and not pre-planned,” Wilkins said. “It was the result of an altercation. Whether they were a gang pre-disposed to do this or not is difficult to tell.”

Officers responding to an assault call April 20 found De’Bron Aldrick Harrison on the ground and bloody, outside Allen Temple Church, authorities said.

The incident started at the nearby West End Community Development Center, where Harrison was at a 16th birthday party with friends, authorities said.

Harrison had broken up a fight, which included a man punching two girls in the face, police said. Several people then chased Harrison to the church parking lot, where they beat him and kicked him in the face, police said.

Harrison, a 2012 Blythewood High School graduate, died April 26 at Greenville Memorial Hospital after nearly a week on life support. He died of blunt force trauma to the head.

The Associated Press contributed.

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