FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A teenage girl who was charged as accomplice of Wayne Treacy in the near fatal beating of Josie Lou Ratley two and a half years ago will face no jail time.
As part of a plea with prosecutors, 16-year old Kayla Manson pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor battery on Monday, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Under terms of the deal Manson, who was charged as a minor, will have adjudication withheld. If she stays out of trouble, her record will be wiped cleaned when she becomes an adult.
Manson was with Wayne Treacy the day he
Treacy attacked Ratley on March 17th, 2010 at the bus stop in front of Deerfield Beach Middle School after a heated exchange of text messages. Treacy kicked and stomped Josie Lou Ratley’s head while wearing steel toed boots. Both were 15-years old at the time. The attack left Ratley with permanent brain damage.
Treacy does not deny that he did it. He claims he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder brought on by seeing his brother’s body hanging from a tree when he committed suicide 5 months earlier. He said he went into a rage after a heated text message exchange with Ratley boiled over when she brought up his dead brother.
Convicted last July of attempted first degree murder, Treacy has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. On his release, he will have to serve 10 years of probation.
The Sun-Sentinel contributed to this report.