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Two Men Charged With Beating SUNY Cortland Student Avoid Prison Sentence
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Two long Island men who were arrested in connection with the severe beating of a SUNY Cortland student on Groton Avenue last October were sentenced in County Court Tuesday.
 
On Tuesday 20-year-old Wayne Harris III and 19-year-old Malik Abdur-Rasheed appeared in Cortland County Court; both men pled guilty to a single felony count of attempted assault.
 
Last October Harris, Abdur-Rasheed, and 20 year old Richard Renck were all charged with felony counts of gang assault and assault.
 
Police say the three men who were enrolled in Tompkins Cortland Community College beat a SUNY Cortland student near 15 Groton Avenue; the three men punched and kicked the victim during a dispute at an off campus house party where alcohol was being consumed. 
 
The victim sustained multiple injuries including a broken hand, a broken jaw, and facial fractures. As a result of the attack the victim had his jaw wired shut for six weeks and continues to suffer from lasting injuries.
 
Last week Renck who pled guilty to a felony charge of reckless endangerment was sentenced to spend up to four years in State prison, County D-A Mark Suben said the investigation showed that Renck was the primary aggressor in the attack and kicked the victim in the head after he was on the ground.
 
Harris and Abdur-Rasheed pled guilty to attempted assault; yesterday Harris was sentenced to an unconditional discharge after he agreed to pay over $74 hundred dollars in restitution; while Abdur-Rasheed was sentenced to probation and 100 hours of community service.
 
Suben said Harris’s sentence was based on the fact that he plans to enter military service and agreed to immediately pay the restitution to the victim. Abdur-Rasheed is currently enrolled in Nassau Community College and is working on a degree.

County Judge Williams Ames said he was somewhat reluctant to go along with the recommended sentences, he told the two men that had the situation been worse they could have faced manslaughter or other charges. Judge Ames urged the men to use this opportunity to turn their lives around.
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