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Steubenville Rape: Girls accused of making online threats against rape victim plead guilty, get probation

Ma'lik Richmond covers his eyes and cries as his attorney Walter Madison, standing, asks the court for leniency after Richmond and co-defendant Trent Mays, lower left, were found delinquent on rape and other charges after their trial in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio, Sunday, March 17, 2013. Mays and Richmond were accused of raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl in August 2012. Pool,AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

Walter Madison, Ma'lik Richmond, Adam Nemann, Trent Mays, Steubenville, Ohio
Ma'lik Richmond covers his eyes after he and c-defendant Trent Mays, lower left, were found delinquent on rape and other charges in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio, Sunday, March 17, 2013.
Pool,AP Photo/Keith Srakocic
(AP) COLUMBUS, Ohio - Two teenage girls have been sentenced to probation after guilty pleas in the case of threatening tweets sent after the verdict in the high-profile Steubenvile, Ohio rape case.

PICTURES: Steubenville Rape Trial

The tweets sent in March had threatened homicide and bodily harm against a girl raped by two high school football players.

The attorney for one of the girls said Thursday that charges of intimidation of a witness and aggravated menacing were dropped.

Attorney Sara Gasser says the 16-year-olds admitted to a single misdemeanor charge of telecommunications harassment and were placed on six months' probation.

The tweets were sent March 17. That's the day a judge found the two Steubenville High School football players guilty of raping the West Virginia girl after an alcohol-fueled party last summer. 

Also Thursday, a grand jury investigating whether other crimes were committed in connection with the rape adjourned until May 23 to give investigators more time to examine evidence and interview witnesses.

Complete coverage of the Steubenville rape case on Crimesider

  • Crimesider Staff

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