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Five teens admit attacking two Canisius students

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Posted at 1:34 PM, Dec 10, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-05 13:34:25-05

Five teens pleaded guilty Wednesday to attacking and robbing two female Canisius College students last April.

Prosecutors say the teens only got away with a cell phone, though they attempted to rip the shoes off one of the victims, and that the motivation of crime seemed to be about violence for the sake of violence on top of robbery.

Tazja Robinson and Aarona Wardlaw, both 16, as well as Imia Atkinson and Carlise Harris, both 15, pleaded guilty to second degree robbery. Ty’wuan McDuffie, 14, pleaded guilty to the same charge as well as second degree attempted robbery.

The group attacked two victims as they walked from the Koessler Athletic Center at Canisius College to their class in the Science Building on April 22. The victims were thrown to the ground and then hit and kicked repeatedly.

Robinson could face up to 15 years in prison, but due to their ages, Atkinson, Harris, Wardlaw and McDuffie only face up to seven years in prison.