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Teen apologizes for actions at scene of beating death

CLEVELAND (AP) - A teen-age boy must serve at least six months in juvenile detention for his role helping others who are charged in the beating death of another teen at a Cleveland bus stop in April.

Deshon Prince, 17, told Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge Janet Burney on Wednesday that he tried to stop two others involved in the killing of 15-year-old Andy Lauderdale. He also apologized to Lauderdale's relatives, who preferred Prince to be tried as an adult.

"There's not a day or night that goes by that he doesn't think about what happened," said Prince's lawyer, Russell Tye, at the sentencing Wednesday.

Prince, of Garfield Heights, admitted to a juvenile delinquency charge of attempted obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors said he was with the two 18-year-old Cleveland men, Damario Hammond and Tracy Berry, accused of attacking Lauderdale on April 6 at a bus shelter. Prince fled in a car with the two after the beating, Tye said.

Hammond and Berry are both scheduled to go to trial in September.

"It's unfair," the victim's father, Anderson Lauderdale, said after the hearing. "I can't understand why he (Prince) wasn't tried as an adult."

After the beating, Prince and the other suspects went to play basketball with a group of players that included Lauderdale's 14-year-old brother, Anderson Lauderdale said.

Police investigating the killing forced Andy's brother to lie on the ground along with the other players as they searched for the suspects, he said in a written statement to the judge.

Burney said she wanted Prince to get counseling and a high school diploma before he is released by the Ohio Department of Youth Services. If Prince fails to meet the court's conditions, he could be held until he is 21.

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