By Associated Press - Friday, July 3, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - A judge has chastised three adults as he sentenced them to jail and probation time for the branding of a 17-year-old boy last year.

Mahoning County Judge Lou D’Apolito (deh-POL’-ih-toh) told the adults that laws protecting children exist because kids don’t always exercise the best judgment.

The Youngstown Vindicator reports ( ) the judge said in this case it was the three adults who acted like children.

The judge sentenced the two men and one woman to punishments ranging from a year of probation and a 30-day suspended jail sentence to nine months in jail and three years probation.

The three were charged with heating the lid of a snuff can and also using martial-arts darts to brand the teen on his buttocks in Struthers in suburban Youngstown.


Information from: The Vindicator,

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