Juvenile Court Judge Andrew Berman in Cook County sentenced a 12-year-old boy and his 13-year-old accomplice to one year of probation for throwing bricks outside Margaret Matthews’ South Shore home. Berman also ordered the 12-year-old to perform 50 hours of community service while the 13-year-old commits to 30 hours, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Both teens had pleaded guilty last month to charges of aggravated assault for the attack in September. Berman said the law prohibited him from sentencing the teens to a juvenile detention center but noted that the boys had “no red flags” in their background. Berman assured the teens’ parents that their sentences paralleled what other juveniles had received for similar offenses.