640620999_eb759bc2323.jpgJENA, La. — A Louisiana appeals court has tossed out the battery conviction of a black teenager who faced 15 years in prison for the beating of a white classmate amid racial tensions in the north Louisiana town of Jena.

Mychal Bell had been convicted of aggravated second-degree battery. He’s one of the so-called Jena Six, a group of black teenagers charged in the beating of Justin Barker last December.

Bell, who was 16 at the time of the beating, was due to be sentenced Thursday in a case that has drawn international attention.

He and four others were originally charged with attempted second-degree murder. Those charges brought widespread criticism that blacks were being treated more harshly than whites following racial altercations involving Jena High.

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  • Nicole

    This is a start. I hope all the charges are eventually dropped for all boys. The District Attorney needs to be fired immediately! Everyone remember to wear all black on Thursday!

  • ceecee

    yes!! i’ll be wearing my black on thursday as well!