Bell being released last month. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
JENA, La. A teenager at the center of a civil rights controversy is back in jail after a judge revoked his probation and sentenced him on charges that were pending before the attack that put him in the national spotlight, his attorney said Thursday.
Mychal Bell, who along with five other black teenagers had been accused of beating a white classmate, went to juvenile court Thursday expecting another routine hearing, said Carol Powell Lexing, one of Bell’s attorneys.
Instead, after a six-hour hearing, state District Judge J.P. Mauffrey Jr. sentenced him to 18 months on two counts of simple battery and two counts of criminal destruction of property, Lexing said.
He had been on probation for those charges during the Dec. 4 attack on classmate Justin Barker. [SOURCE]
Melissa Bell (Mychal’s Mother) interviewed by essence
Make sure you check out the exclusive interview Essence Magazine had with Mychal’s mother Melissa Bell recently concerning her son and his case.
Essence.com: For months you had been fighting for your son�s freedom without success. What was your reaction when you learned that he would finally be released?
Melissa Bell: I didn�t want to get too excited until I saw that he was out. When we actually signed the papers to let him out that�s when I really got excited. We�re not fully celebrating because we still have a long way to go, but we were happy to go in there, put some clothes on him and walk him out.
Essence.com: How is Mychal doing?
M.B.: He�s doing well. They have him under house arrest and he can�t go any farther than home, but all his friends have been visiting him. His first night home he watched TV all night with his friends and slept in the living room. He�s nervous, of course, because he has his juvenile court date on October 11, but he�s trying to enjoy his friends and not think about it. That�s what I told him, �Don�t think about it right now; let the lawyers do the thinking.�
ssence.com: How has this experience changed you?
M.B.: It opened my eyes to see that you can�t trust everybody because everybody�s not your friend. Things can happen to you in the blink of an eye. Your life can change in one day. It made me think about life more and getting my kids together and getting them right with God. We�re with God, but getting them straighter with God. And I realize that your kids can be taken from you with a stroke of a pen. [READ MORE]