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Teen sentenced to probation in Grand Rapids assault

A third teenager has been sentenced in the severe beating of a Grand Rapids group home worker. Ricky Leland Wirz, 18, will avoid a 103-month prison sentence if he successfully completes 10 years of supervised probation. Judge Korey Wahwassuck acc...

A third teenager has been sentenced in the severe beating of a Grand Rapids group home worker.

Ricky Leland Wirz, 18, will avoid a 103-month prison sentence if he successfully completes 10 years of supervised probation. Judge Korey Wahwassuck accepted a plea agreement in the case and imposed the sentence recommended by attorneys.

Wirz pleaded guilty in May to a first-degree assault charge. Authorities said Wirz and three other residents of the Teens in Transition group beat a worker with objects including a sock full of pool balls, a frying pan and a computer monitor in order to gain access to car keys and run from the facility on Dec. 13, 2014.

Jerod Marquee Beaulieu, 18, is serving six years in prison for the crime, while 18-year-old Dacota Geoffrey Smith received a probationary sentence that included jail time. The final co-defendant, 18-year-old Dylan Lee King, is expected to receive probation at his sentencing in September.

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