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Teen sentenced to 5 years in prison for attack on guards

December 17, 2019 GMT

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A teenager has been sentenced to five years in prison for taking part in an attack on guards at a juvenile corrections center in Mandan.

Elijah Barse, 17, and three other youths were accused in the uprising at the Youth Correctional Center in January 2018. In one case, the inmates were accused of choking a guard until he was nearly unconscious and handcuffing him in an attempt to escape.

A North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper used bean bag rounds to prevent one of the youths from escaping, according to the Bismarck Tribune.

Barse earlier pleaded guilty to charges in adult court.

Assistant Burleigh County State’s Attorney Gabreille Goter told the judge the violence wasn’t a lapse in judgment, but a planned attack.

“It was hideous, ugly,” she said. “We’re lucky the injuries were not worse.”

During sentencing Monday, South Central District Judge James Hill called the youths’ actions “deliberate” and “shocking conduct.”

The other teens involved in the uprising received prison sentences ranging from three to five years.