Kane Millsaps, a 16-year-old Arkansas teen who brutally sucker punched a 12-year-old while wearing brass knuckles, could face up to 20 years in prison, according to Fox 16.
A discomfiting video of the incident, in which Millsaps can be seen punching the 12-year-old boy, was uploaded on LiveLeak soon after the incident and quickly gained thousands of views. Viewers were left dumbfounded not only by the severity of the incident itself, but also by the fact that a 16-year-old would punch someone much younger than him so needlessly. Now, Millsaps, who has been charged with first-degree battery, is set to be tried as an adult and could face up to 20 years in prison, according to The Daily Star.
One of the shorter versions of the video — 23 seconds in length — shows Millsaps swearing at the camera before flaunting a set of brass knuckles on his left hand. He then walks up behind his victim, who is chatting with his friends while standing on a skateboard, and punches him right in the face. The boy collapses immediately and attempts to save himself from the unprovoked attack. But despite him being in obvious pain, Kane Millsaps continues to punch his victim, till the point when one of his friends pulls him away from the 12-year-old kid.
Ever since the video emerged online, viewers have been shocked by the rashness, as well as the stupidity, of Millsaps’ actions, with many even going on to say that he deserves to get the maximum prison sentence for his actions.
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When investigators asked Millsaps the reason for his attack, he reportedly told them that the victim was “running his mouth saying he was an MMA Fighter and he could beat [Millsaps] up.” When investigators asked the victim about what could have provoked the incident, the boy said that he did not even know Kane.
According to a statement given by the victim to the police, he lost consciousness soon after the attack and remembered waking up and thinking that “he had gravel in his mouth but it was pieces of his teeth.”
Millsaps’ attorney, Frank Shaw, was approached by Fox News to shed further light on the matter.
“The video is disturbing,” admitted Shaw.
“It caused me like everyone else that saw it a good bit of discomfort..
[But] if he gets the maximum sentence, which I hope he doesn’t, he’ll get out when he is 36 years old… then what?”
Although Shaw refused to discuss the line of defense his client may take in court, he insinuated that the 16-year-old’s mental history would be taken into account. In fact, Shaw filed a motion Thursday asking the court for a mental evaluation of Millsaps, saying that he has “reasonable suspicion” his client is “not fit to proceed forward with criminal proceedings.”
Moreover, Shaw argued that the case might be significant in that it brings to light the reluctance of Arkansas lawmakers to deal with issues of mental health.
“The bigger question is why we as Arkansans don’t address mental health issues.. I think it’s a tragedy and it has caused not only my client to be incarcerated because of this but it’s also caused a victim to be injured.”
When prosecutor Cody Hiland was approached to give his opinion on Shaw’s comments, he merely issued the following statement, but added that he would prosecute Millsaps to the fullest extent of the law.
“He’s going to get every opportunity to make his case to a Faulkner County jury. We’ll reserve our perspective on the issue until that time.”
Kane Millsaps’ mother, Amy Millsaps, apologized on her son’s behalf, saying that she had no clue why her son would beat someone up like that.
“I’m sorry to that family,” she said. “I don’t know why he did it.”
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