MRTK employee was kicked in the head and ribs during an attack on February 7

An unsealed court transcript contains more details about the brutal attack on Kearney YRTC employees last month.

Three Kearney YRTC teenagers face felony charges in adult court in connection with the early morning attack on Feb. 7.

Jabrin Sidney, 17, is charged with first-degree assault and three counts of aiding and abetting second-degree assault. If found guilty, he could receive up to 59 years in prison. He is on $150,000 bail.

Julian Tapia, 17, is charged with assault in the first degree, three counts of assault in the second degree and two counts of using a weapon to commit a felony. The maximum penalty if found guilty is 210 years in prison. Tapia is on $250,000 bail.

Brendan Lee, 17, is charged with three counts of aiding and abetting second-degree assault. If found guilty, he could receive up to nine years in prison. His bail is $25,000.

The state patrol detained the trio on February 27. All three will stand trial as adults on March 13, 2020.

Previously published affidavits indicated that the teenagers were at Lincoln’s apartment building. Information from an unsealed affidavit indicates that the teenagers were dismantling the metal frame of the bed at approximately 1:30 am on February 7th. When a YRTC employee entered the room, Tapia, Sydney and an unnamed 16-year-old. Two other YRTC employees tried to intervene, but they were attacked by Tapia, Sidney, Lee, and a minor. During the fight, MRTK employees repeatedly received various punches on the head and body, as well as several times on the head, back and arms with metal parts of the frames of two beds. At some point during the fight, one of the YRTC employees fell to the ground, after which he was kicked and kicked in the head and ribs.

Law enforcement officers entered the premises after about 15 minutes and stopped the brawl. Two MRTK employees were taken by ambulance to the hospital, where one of them was being treated for a concussion. The third MRTK employee was taken by car to the hospital. A statement from the Department of Health and Human Services said they suffered “non-life-threatening injuries.”

In the aftermath of this attack and subsequent breakouts from the Kearney facility, the Department of Health and Human Services added additional executives to staff the YRTC 24 hours a day.

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