4 boys get youth treatment after sandbag hits car, kills man

TOLEDO, Ohio - Four teenagers charged for throwing a sandbag from an Ohio highway overpass that killed a Michigan man have been sentenced to a youth treatment facility program.

Police say the boys, who were then each 13 or 14, threw rocks and sandbags onto Interstate 75 near downtown Toledo in December. One sandbag smashed through a car windshield and hit a rider, 22-year-old Marquise Byrd, of Warren, Michigan. He later died.

The boys apologized to Byrd's family in juvenile court Friday. The judge said they could end up in juvenile detention for years if they don't complete programming of unspecified length at the youth treatment centre.

Byrd's family was upset, calling the sentence too light.

The judge says the treatment program could help change the boys' behaviour better than juvenile detention can.


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