Dramatic scenes as Phoebe Prince's mother addresses the court
Tearful mother calls accused ex-boyfriend a predator
Phoebe Prince's mother finally spoke out about her heartbreak and called her daughter's ex-boyfriend, Sean Mulveyhill, a predator in court today.
She was speaking at the sentencing of two of those accused of bullying Phoebe Prince, who later committed suicide. The two were sentenced to 100 hours of community service.
Speaking at Mulveyhill's sentencing Ann O'Brien said her 15-year-old daughter had trusted him. She said "I can only imagine the pain she felt. Had I known the truth, I would have viewed his relationship with her as predatory.”
According to Prince's mother Mulveyhill, who was a popular football team captain at South Hadley High School had had a short relationship with Prince, who had just arrived at the school from County Clare.
Mulveyhill then dumped Prince telling her she was no longer his "problem". He also allegedly encouraged other students to bully Prince physically and verbally.
Having addressed the court, O'Brien, who now lives in County Clare, sat down wiping her tears away.
Kayla Narey, the second defendant broke down and apologized to Phoebe’s mother.
Mulveyhill (18) pleaded guilty to criminal harassment, a misdemeanor which is punishable by up to two and a half years in prison. Instead he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service with at-risk youth.
Assistant District Attorney David Sullivan also agreed to drop the charge of statutory rape as well as the felony charge of violation of civil rights. Judge Jeffery Kinder ordered the 18-year-old to earn a graduate equivalency diploma and barred him from profiting from the case.
Kayla Narey, was also sentenced to 100 hours of community service. However, unlike Mulveyhill, she broke down when the sentence was read.
She apologized to Prince in the courtroom, tearfully saying "I’m sorry for the unkind things I said about you. I am immensely ashamed of myself." Narey also said the taunts she made to Prince on January 14 2010, the day Prince committed suicide, were unforgivable.
Ashley Longe, Flannery Mullins and Sharon Velazquez are also expected to plead guilty to misdemeanors and receive reduced charges. They are scheduled to enter their guilty pleas tomorrow. The sixth South Hadley student accused with relation to Prince's suicide, Austin Renaud, is charged with statutory rape. His pre-trial conference will take place in July.
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