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Girls get probation in Halloween beating

Four black teenage girls have been sentenced to probation in the Halloween mob beating of three white women in Long Beach, California.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Four black teenage girls have been sentenced to probation in the Halloween mob beating of three white women in Long Beach.

The victims were assaulted with skateboards and small pumpkins and lemons as the crowd yelled racial slurs.

A juvenile judge ordered the girls, including two 14-year-olds, to serve 60 days of house confinement and perform 250 hours of community service. Prosecutors had requested tougher sentences, including imprisonment, for three of the girls, arguing they had a history of violence.

The four were among nine black teenagers convicted. Four others received the same punishment last week. The ninth girl is to be sentenced Tuesday.

Defense lawyers argued that the girls have been punished enough.