LOUISVILLE, KY. – Some of you may remember a story I posted last year regarding Carl Berry, a 43-year-old man undergoing cancer treatment who was ruthlessly beaten by some teens outside a Kentucky dollar store.
Berry was taken to the hospital and fell into a coma after having surgery performed on his damaged eye. Berry never regained consciousness and has remained in a vegetative state until this past Friday, when it was reported that he had died.
For those of you unfamiliar with this story, Berry and his girlfriend were at a General Dollar store when Berry, sick from chemotherapy treatments, decided to go wait in the car. Outside in the parking lot, he was beaten senseless by 16-year-old Michac Jones and a 14-year-old. One witness stated Berry called the teens a racial slur, but his fiancee, and other witnesses at the scene, say that wasn’t true.
Whatever the reason, the beating put Berry into the coma he’d been in for the last 18 months. In August of this year, Jones, who’d already been charged with rape and sexual assault in an unrelated case at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty to first degree assault. Although he was 16 when he beat Berry, he was tried as an adult and sentenced to 10 years. However, he may be released a little over a year after his his 18th birthday.
“There’s no good outcome in a case like this, but we feel like we struck a fair result that we hope the family of Carl Berry can live with and realize that Mechac Jones did take responsibility for what we did,” said Assistant Commonwealth Attorney David Scott after the conviction.
But the game has changed now that Berry has died, and Berry’s fiancee doesn’t feel Jones’ current sentence is punishment enough for what he has done.
“He definitely wouldn’t have coded and been in a coma for a year and a half if the beatings never happened, so I definitely think that definitely resulted in his death,” she said.
Prosecutor David Scott said he is investigating the options available to them and may file more charges against Jones.Tags: Beating, cancer, Carl Berry, coma, Kentucky, Michac Jones, Murder