(Nov 3, 2017) A Faulkner County teen was sentenced on Wednesday after a jury convicted him of second-degree battery. 17- year old Kane Derrick Millsaps, of Conway, was initially charged as an adult with first-degree battery after authorities became aware of a video posted to YouTube in May of 2016. That video shows Millsaps hitting an unsuspecting 12-year-old boy while wearing brass knuckles.
Yesterday, a jury convicted Millsaps of second-degree battery. He was immediately sentenced to nine years in prison.
A Conway, Arkansas teenager who attacked a 12-year-old boy using brass knuckles could get up to 20 years in prison. Based on information from KARK, Kane Millsaps, 16, attacked the younger boy on May 31, and the attack was captured on camera. In the video, Millsaps is using brass knuckles on his left hand. The attack appears to take place in a park.
Before the attack, Millsaps is seen giving the bird with both his hands.
When the 16-year-old “sucker punches” the 12-year-old in the face from behind, the boy is seen falling to the ground.
Off-camera, a girl can be heard yelling, “Kane.”
Even after the boy falls, Millsaps continues to punch him in the face.
Frank Shaw is Millsaps’ lawyer and calls the video disturbing. He said he, like everyone else, was uncomfortable with the video.
Millsaps will be tried as an adult and has been charged with first-degree battery. The maximum sentence is 20 years in prison. Shaw said if Millsaps is even the 20-year sentence, he would be 36 years old when he got out.
The injured boy sustained a cut on his neck, bruised right eye, and broken teeth.
According to Millsaps’ mother, she said her son has mental problems and has spent about 18 months in a juvenile detention center for fighting.
Shaw said it’s his opinion that this is a cry for help from the 16-year-old.
Millsaps’ attorney has already filed a court motion to get a mental evaluation for his client on “reasonable suspicion” that Millsaps is not fit to proceed with the criminal proceedings.
Shaw feels the state of Arkansas does not have enough funding for mental health treatment. He said it’s a heartbreaking situation. Shaw said this lack of funding led to one person becoming injured and may lead his client to incarceration.
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