Steubenville Rape Convict Released

Served less than a year in juvie


STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - A television station reports that Ma'Lik Richmond, a former eastern Ohio high school football player, has been released from a juvenile detention center less than a year after his conviction for raping a 16-year-old girl following an alcohol-fueled party.

WTOV-TV in Steubenville reports that Richmond has been released. His attorney, Walter Madison, says in a statement that the youth is a "better, stronger person," and requests privacy. Messages left Monday for Madison seeking further information weren't immediately returned.

Richmond was sentenced to one year in March 2013. A judge convicted him and fellow Steubenville High School student athlete Trent Mays of raping the West Virginia girl in August 2012. Mays was also convicted of using his phone to take a picture of the girl naked. He was sentenced to two years.