OHIO-- One of two Steubenville, Ohio, high school football players convicted
of raping a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party in 2012 has
been released from a state juvenile detention center, WTOV-TV reports.
Richmond, who was 16 at the time, was convicted in March and sentenced
to one year in juvenile detention. He also must register as a
sex-offender every six months for the next 20 years, although that
requirement can be lifted based on his rehabilitation.
athlete, Trent Mays, received a two-year sentence. Mays also was
convicted of using his phone to take a naked picture of the underage
Richmond's attorney, Walter Madison, said in a statement
that his client and his family "endured hardness beyond imagine for any
adult yet alone child,"
"He has persevered the
hardness and made the most of yet another unfortunate set of
circumstances in his life," the statement said. "As with each other
obstacle, Ma'lik has met it squarely, lifted his chin, and set his
shoulders; He is braced for the balance of his life. While away, Ma'lik
has reflected, learned, matured, and grown in many ways. He is a better,
stronger person and looks forward to school, life, and spending time
The case drew wide attention in this steel town of
18,000 people in eastern Ohio amid allegations of a cover-up to protect
the popular Steubenville High School football team.
people have since been charged with related crimes in the case following
a grand jury convened by Attorney General Mike DeWine. The
Steubenville school district's former technology director faces a late
February trial on charges he misled investigators. He and other school
officials charged have pleaded not guilty.
an attorney for the victim, identified as Jane Doe, also issued a
statement, saying that it was "disheartening" that the Richmond's
statement did not make any reference to the victim or her family who
were "scarred for life" over the incident.
"One would expect to
see the defendant publicly apologize for all the pain he caused rather
than make statements about himself," the statement said. "Rape is about
victims, not defendants. Obviously, the people writing his press release
have yet to learn this important lesson."
trial in March included testimony from the teenage victim who said she
was "embarrassed and scared" after finding out that she had been
sexually assaulted while intoxicated that night.
"I honestly did not know what to think because I didn't remember anything," she told the court.
said the reconstructed details of the incident from witnesses, as well
as Twitter, Instagram photos, a YouTube video, and text messages.
"They treated her like a toy," special prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter told the jury.