Daniel McKendree was beaten by three other teens outside a Prescott Valley movie theater in January. (Source: CBS 5 News)
McKendree will spend the rest of his life with four metal plates and more two dozen screws in his skull. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ (CBS5) -
Two teen boys who brutally attacked a 14-year-old could be released from juvenile detention Tuesday.
And Daniel McKendree will spend the rest of his life with four metal plates and more than two dozen screws in his skull.
Prescott Valley police said McKendree was beaten last month by three other teens outside the Harkins Theater in town.
Two of the alleged attackers are just 13-year-olds. The other is 15.
McKendree said the motive for his beating isn't entirely clear. He believes it stemmed from a Facebook post having to do with players on a couple rival high school football teams.
McKendree said he was hanging out with his friends at the theater when he was approached by two 13-year-olds and a 15-year-old.
"I didn't know them but I knew of them," said McKendree.
McKendree said the boys jumped him when he tried to walk away. The beating lasted for several minutes, he said.
"They hit me right above the eye," said McKendree.
"They way the surgeon explained it to us was that it was like a windshield. There was a point of impact and it shattered from there," said McKendree's mother, Jessica Farley.
McKendree endured six and a half hours of surgery.
After the attack at least one of the boys posted about the fight on Facebook. Officers later arrested the trio and placed them in a juvenile detention center.
During a court hearing Monday, Farley learned all of the boys, including one of the 13-year-olds who is currently on probation for a separate incident, could be released as early as tomorrow.
"The way the law is written there aren't any provisions for this sort of behavior at a certain age. A juvenile in essence at that age can continue to commit multiple offenses and not get any punishment for it," said Farley.
"I think they should be punished and not just put on probation," said McKendree.
The boys have been held in a juvenile detention center since last month.
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