Richmond’s lawyer Walter Madison said his client, 16-years-old at the time of the crime, saw the error of his ways during the nine months he spent in a juvenile facility.
“While away, Ma’Lik has reflected, learned, matured, and grown in many ways,” Madison said in a statement. “He is a better, stronger person and looks forward to school, life, and spending time with family.”
Bob Fitzsimmons, a lawyer for the victim, criticized Richmond for not alluding to the victim in his statement upon release.
“One would expect to see the defendant publicly apologize for all the pain he caused rather than make statements about himself — rape is about victims, not defendants,” the attorney said. “Although everyone hopes convicted criminals are rehabilitated, it is disheartening that this convicted rapist’s press release does not make a single reference to the victim and her family – whom he and his co-defendant scarred for life.”
The other teen convicted last March in the incident, Trent Mays, received a longer sentence due to a conviction he received for taking a naked pic of the underage victim.
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