A sentence including anger management instruction and a small fine, but no further jail time, was given to a 19-year-old who admitted being one of two teenagers who relentlessly abused a 15-year-old St. Francis girl in a beating captured on video and seen on Facebook more than 500,000 times.
Cassandra Borden of Cedar was sentenced Monday by Anoka County District Judge Jenny Walker Jasper after she pleaded guilty in October to misdemeanor fifth-degree assault for participating in the June ambush in dark woods near the Ponds Golf Course in St. Francis.
The video was posted on Facebook by the mother of the victim, Sydney DeTenancour, who was 15 at the time of the beating on June 17.
DeTenancour was hit nearly 50 times by Borden, who can be heard on the video during the profanity-laced tirade accusing the victim of being with “my man.”
The attackers accused DeTenancour of “snitching” on Borden’s boyfriend, who was cited for drunken driving.
Jasper also gave Borden a 90-day jail term, but 89 of those days were stayed for one year, and she had already served one day upon her arrest.
The judge did order Borden to undergo anger management counseling, write a letter of apology, obtain a high school equivalency degree and perform 40 hours of community service.
Greg Carson, who created the “Support for Sydney” Facebook group within days of the assault, said of the sentence: “It comes as no surprise to me and we were hoping for a different outcome due to the violence and premeditation shown and displayed in the video.”
His posting added, “I will continue to focus on the positive outcome and the formation of a wonderful group of people who stood behind a 15-year-old girl, and I am thankful for the awareness we have brought to the public thus far.”
Alexis S. Nelson, 19, of Zimmerman, also was charged with fifth-degree assault and has a pretrial hearing set for Dec. 19.
Nelson is not accused of hitting DeTenancour but did snip off several inches of the victim’s hair when DeTenancour was on the ground being kicked and punched, the video showed and the criminal complaint alleged.
DeTenancour came away with bruises, red marks and scratches “all over her body and face, and a large section of her hair had been cut off,” the charging documents said.
The teen’s beating has inspired an anti-bullying campaign led by her family and friends.
T-shirts and bracelets have been made in DeTenancour’s honor, and a “Syd’s Angels” motorcycle ride was held in September with the mission of raising awareness about bullying among young people.
The video also shows a third female straddling and punching a prone DeTenancour.
She identifies herself as the sister of the man caught drinking and driving.
That third attacker is a juvenile, possibly explaining why any charges against her have not been made public.