A 16-year-old girl has avoided prison by pleading no contest to reduced charges for her role in a kicking and stomping attack on another teenage girl outside a South Florida middle school.
Kayla Manson entered the plea to a felony battery charge Monday before a Broward County judge. Prosecutors say she pointed out 15-year-old Josie Lou Ratley for Wayne Treacy, who was convicted in July of attempted first-degree murder in the 2010 attack that left Ratley with permanent brain injuries.
Manson must perform 250 hours of community service, write a letter of apology to Ratley and undergo psychiatric evaluation.
Treacy unsuccessfully used the insanity defense in his trial. The 18-year-old faces up to 50 years behind bars.