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Family Court Judge Robert Coonin made his ruling in the nonjury trial of three teens and classmates charged in the April 2016 death of Amy Joyner-Francis, 16, during the bathroom attack at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware. Two of the girls were age 16; the older one who was 17 was convicted on Thursday, April 13, 2017 of criminally negligent homicide and found guilty of misdemeanor conspiracy.

Joyner-Francis, who had a rare heart condition undetected by her doctors, died of sudden cardiac death, aggravated by physical and emotional stress.

The 16-year-old who posted on social media, “we gonna get her…. she’s scared” and kicked Joyner-Francis while she was on the floor struggling to defend herself, also was convicted of conspiracy.

State Prosecutor Sean Lugg deemed this fatal encounter an “attack,” not a fight as many referenced it in media and social media.

The third 16-year-old who was seen on a cellphone video pulling the 17-year-old girl convicted of homicide off Joyner-Francis was acquitted of conspiracy, Coonin saying there was no evidence she threatened Joyner-Francis.

“While it may be true that Amy Joyner-Francis, due to her condition would have died from a multitude of stressors, until such an event occurred, if at all, she had a right to live one more day, one more week, one more month or year, until her time, without a contributing cause of another,” Coonin said.

Coonin said the girl convicted of homicide “struck the first blow without warning, and carried on the relatively brief but violent attack.”

Sentencing for the teens who were tried as juveniles and declared delinquent is set for May 23.

If the 17-year-old had been convicted as an adult, she would have faced up to eight years in prison. As a juvenile, she could be subject to supervision, and possible incarceration until age 19. Coonin told her she is prohibited from possessing a deadly weapon until age 25.

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  • Whiteguy

    Act like a thug do time like a thug.

    • Oak510finest

      You would certainly know. I am sure you go out and get arrested on purpose. So you can go to jail and get some of that “thug love”.

      Then once they had their way with you, of course it being consensual. They then start passing you around in exchange for cookies and cigarettes…lol!

      • Whiteguy

        You should know. But I am not interested in your fantasies.

        • Oak510finest

          Yes, you are because whites invented homosexuality. It is as much a part of your culture as mayonnaise sandwiches. So there is no way you can convince me that you don’t have those urges.

          • ThisISgarbage

            But let you tell it yall were the true Israelites and white stole everything from you. Your story sound like 1st hand knowledge. Did they atleast let you taste the cookies and hit the cig when they were done oak510? You Homo

          • Oak510finest

            More chimp babble, lol!😂

          • Whiteguy

            Right. And we have aids in the human population now because Africans were screwing monkeys.

            Another black accomplishment to be proud of….

  • Chuck

    These thugs should have been tried as adults so they could receive adult sentencing. It’s sad and disheartening how this beautiful young lady lost her life.