Billings teen gets probation for large fight

2010-08-03T15:34:00Z 2010-09-22T08:27:54Z Billings teen gets probation for large fightGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
August 03, 2010 3:34 pm  • 

A Billings teenager involved in a large after-school fight was sentenced Tuesday in Youth Court to six months of probation for aggravated assault.

Beau Riley Burton, 16, was sentenced for his role in the March 2 fight near Skyview High School that left another teenager with a serious head injury. Five teens were initially charged as adults in District Court, but the cases have been transferred to Youth Court.

Burton appeared before Judge Gregory Todd, who signed a consent decree that imposes the probationary sentence and other conditions, including a letter of apology from Burton to the victim.

Todd warned Burton that the consent decree, which is similar to a plea agreement, includes a provision that he spend 10 days in youth detention if he violates any probation requirements.

Todd said Burton won’t have to pay restitution because the victim’s medical expenses were paid through Medicaid. The victim’s family failed to submit a request for any additional expenses related to the incident, Todd said.

Burton told the judge he plans to return to Skyview High this coming school year, and he wants eventually to study welding or restaurant management.

Burton, Zachary Lindsey, Blake Bertolino, Cameron Ostermiller and Armando Gonzalez were charged following the fight that police said drew about 40 spectators to the victim’s house on Ahoy Avenue. Prosecutors say Lindsey hit the 17-year-old victim in the head with an object, and the other teens hit and kicked the victim while he was on the ground.

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