Crime

Teen Pleads Guilty In Beating Death Of Homeless Man (Video)

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Robert Barnes.Robert Barnes.

Robert Barnes, 51, was in a coma for the last seven months of his life after he was beaten by six people at a gas station in Olney, Pennsylvania, in April 2015 (video below). 

Though Barnes survived until Nov. 25, 2015, he didn't live long enough to see justice. One of the three minors accused of beating the homeless man to death, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and conspiracy under a plea deal in family court on Jan. 5. 

The 14-year-old was sentenced to two years in a residential treatment facility, The Philadelphia Daily News reported. Before Barnes died, he pleaded guilty to other charges related to the beating and will be given credit for time already served at the residential treatment facility.

Like the most recent defendant, the two other teens involved in the case, a boy and a girl, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and conspiracy in June, before Barnes died, and were sentenced to residential treatment. After Barnes died at Abington Memorial Hospital, they were charged with murder. Their hearings are scheduled for Jan. 22.

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The adults accused of killing Barnes, Aleathea Gillard, 34, Shareena Joachim, 23, and Kaisha Duggins, 24, are facing multiple charges, including first degree-murder. Gilliard’s then-12-year-old daughter, is the juvenile female defendant and her son was the defendant sentenced on Jan. 5. The other defendant, also 14, was the son's friend. 

Barnes’ case initially made headlines because the beating was caught on camera. According to a story published by Philly.com when Barnes died, he was ambushed and beaten with hammers and a rocking chair in addition to being maced.

Sources: Philly.com, The Philadelphia Daily News / Photo credit: via Philly.com