Valley Fair beaters sentenced


After a group of young men beat a father unconscious in front of his wife and three kids at Valley Fair last summer, the beaters got their sentencing. But not before a healthy dose of lecture from their judge.

The six men had all pleaded guilty to each defendant pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, a felony.

The men were part of a group of eight men that attacked a 41-year-old Apple Valley man after he yelled at one of the men for tapping his teenage daughter on the head with an inflatable hammer. The group backed up their friend and stomped and kicked the father until he was unconscious.

The men made their sentencing hearing worse by showing up an hour late. Consider Judge Richard Perkins extremely pissed off.

"It's unfortunate in our society that it doesn't upset us enough for criminal defendants to be late," he said according to the Star Tribune report, "because for some reason, we're just damn happy that the people show up. And it's ludicrous. It's absolutely ludicrous. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, based on the past, but it's about time someone inconveniences you. It truly is."

Perkins sentenced five of the men to about four months in jail. The sixth man already served his 61 days sentenced. All six were put in five years' probation, ordered to pay fines and complete empathy training.

Andrew Shannon, 20, was the young man who started it all with the inflatable bat. Anthony Gildersleeve, 21, Terry L. Arnold, 23, DeVondre Evans-Lewis, 19, Darris Evans, 21, and Shannon left the courtroom in handcuffs. Derry Evans, 20, was free to leave because he already served his 61 days for watching, but not participating in the attack.

There was also a 15-year-old boy involved, but he went to juvenile court. The eighth man ran and was never caught.

Perkins let the men leave the hearing with a serious warning about turning their lives around:

"You screw up on probation, I'm sending you [to prison] for the rest of the time," he said. "I don't care if it's a jaywalking ticket or spitting on the sidewalk. You're gonna be gone. That is not a threat. That is a promise that I am making to you."