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Prosecutor: Florida teen not insane in stomping, kicking attack on girl at middle school
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) ¯¯¯ A Florida prosecutor is urging jurors to reject the insanity defense for a 17-year-old boy accused in the kicking and stomping attack on a girl outside a middle school.
Prosecutor Maria Schneider said in closing arguments Friday there's ample evidence Wayne Treacy planned the assault on Josie Lou Ratley and understood it could mean a prison sentence. She told jurors that shows Treacy knew right from wrong.
The defense contends Treacy suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder triggered by his brother's suicide. They say Treacy was sent over the edge after Ratley made reference to the brother's death in a series of vulgar and insulting text messages between the two. Ratley nearly died and has permanent brain injuries.
Treacy faces a maximum 50-year prison sentence if convicted of attempted first-degree murder.