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Teen pleads guilty in assault on another youth in Leduc parking lot


A teen has pleaded guilty to his role in what police called a "violent assault" of another youth in Leduc last fall.

The attack happened in a Circle K parking lot at 50 Street and Corinthia Drive on Oct. 16 around 12:10 p.m.

Video of the assault posted to social media showed several people kicking a person lying on the ground.

Five youths were charged in connection with the case, including a 12-year-old.

On Friday, one of the teens pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm.

Court heard the victim, who has an intellectual delay and Tourette's syndrome, used a derogatory term, and was swarmed and attacked because of it.

The victim was taken to hospital and treated for a concussion.

The lawyer for the accused told her client repeatedly called wanting to plead guilty, and wrote a letter of apology to the victim.

"The pain he himself feels from this is palpable."

The justice accepted a joint submission for a 12-month conditional discharge, along with 20 hours of community service.

"You can lead a good life…" the justice told the teen, adding "Reflect on what you did and who you want to be."

A trial for two of the other teens is set for July.

None of the teens can be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

With files from CTV News Edmonton's Amanda Anderson Top Stories

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