Judge sentenced teen to 5 years for assaulting correctional center guards

Published: Dec. 17, 2019 at 1:31 PM CST
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A judge sentenced the fourth teenager who assaulted correctional guards last year.

Seventeen-year-old Elijah Barse will have to serve five years in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Barse pleaded guilty in August to 10 charges including simple assault on a correctional officer.

Barse, 18-year-old Gavin Johnson, 17-year-old Starson Buckles and 19-year-old Julian Wolf assaulted multiple staff members at the Youth Correctional Center during a riot in January of 2018.

The four teens tried to escape YCC by taking a guard to the ground in a choke hold, punching and kicking others and taking keys from another, according to court documents.

Wolf, Buckles and Johnson were also sentenced to five years.