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Beating victim: 15 years is "right amount of time"

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Strange and his mother at court house Strange and his mother at court house
Thyeem Henrey (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Thyeem Henrey (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Carter Strange one month after the beating. Carter Strange one month after the beating.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Five Points beating victim Carter Strange said the 15-year sentence for the oldest defendant charged in his brutal beating is the right amount of time.

Thyeem Henrey, 19-years-old at the time of the beating in June of 2011, pleaded guilty to assault and battery and criminal conspiracy in a Richland County courtroom Wednesday.

Judge Allison Lee sentenced him to 5 years on the criminal conspiracy charge and 15 years on the assault and battery charge. The sentences will run concurrent with each other, which means he'll serve 15 years total.

"I think they gave him the right sentencing," said Strange. "I think it's the right amount of time.  I hope it's enough time for him to rehabilitate and just get his life in order."

Henrey and seven other juveniles are accused of attacking Strange, then 20, and leaving him for dead as he was jogging through a parking lot near the intersection of Blossom St. and Saluda Ave. just after midnight.

The Dreher high graduate managed to make it a block down the road to Edisto Ave., where a passerby found him two hours later and called 9-1-1. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

Since then, Strange has gone through a few surgeries and is on the mend. His family, however, is still dealing with the ongoing saga while the juveniles continue their way through the judicial system.

Speaking at his sentencing, Henrey denied beating Strange.

Both Henrey's and Strange's mothers spoke at the sentencing.

"I hate that any of us, including them, had to go through this whole process," said Strange.  "It's exhausting emotionally, physically."

A 14-year-old, 15-year-old, and 16-year-old were charged with strong arm robbery, second degree assault and battery by a mob, and criminal conspiracy. A 13-year-old and three other 16-year-olds were all charged with criminal conspiracy.

Strange said after Wednesday morning's hearing that he hopes all the people responsible for his beating become better people after serving out their sentences.

"I hope they go through their sentences and they can make a chance to where they're not hanging out with the same kind of people, not making the same stupid decisions."

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