Teen sentenced in Hollywood gang rape
Erica Avery, 17, sentenced to 4 years in prison
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – One of the five teenagers accused in the gang rape of a Hollywood girl in November 2013 pleaded guilty Thursday.
Erica Avery, 17, was sentenced to four years in prison, but will likely spend the next two years in a juvenile detention center because of time she's already served.
On Wednesday, prosecutors said Avery violated terms of her pretrial release. They said she was ordered to stay off the Internet while she was released on bail, but a photo posted on a social media site showed her using a smartphone and drinking with friends.
Avery is one of five teens charged with armed sexual battery and kidnapping in connection with the attack at the Hollywood home of Jayvon Woolfork, now 20.
Avery's attorney said his client is sorry for what happened.
"This is exactly why the youthful offender sentence was given for young people out in a couple years," Michael Weinstein said.
Patricia Montes, now 17, pleaded no contest Wednesday and was sentenced as a youthful offender to four years in state prison, to be followed by two years of probation. She has also agreed to testify against the other defendants.
Dwight Henry, now 18, and Lanel Singleton, now 19, are also awaiting trial.
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