TEMECULA: Guilty pleas in vigilante baseball bat attack

A Temecula father, his teen daughter and her friend have pleaded guilty in connection with the vigilante beating of a man the girl had accused of raping her.

The father, David Ray Mills, 36, pleaded guilty Tuesday, Dec. 4, to being an accessory to the Jan. 13 attack at a Temecula park in which ____ ____ ____, 20, was beaten with a baseball bat. Mills was sentenced to four years’ probation and time served.

Mills’ 16-year-old daughter, who was charged as an adult, pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to time served and four years’ probation. The Press-Enterprise does not routinely identify victims of sexual crimes. Full Article

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I object to the young woman who attacked the man with a baseball bat being identified as a “victim of sexual abuse.” The article plainly states that there has been an accusation made. Not a conviction. This irresponsible, yellow journalism is unconscionable. It certainly implies that the man who was beaten is a sex offender and deserved what he got! “Innocent until proven guilty” no longer exists in this country.

The sentences are a total farce. These criminals should have been at the very least charged with mayhem along with the attempted murder. I agree with the comment that basically says this girl/criminal is the one that placed herself in a position to be harmed. And what is a teenager doing getting totally wasted on vodka anyway? To me this indicates a teenager plagued with some grave emotional problems and a father with some sub-standard parenting skills. These are some creepy people; (I’m also referring to the prosecutor and judge)