Teen may be tried as adult in attack

Published: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

DAYTONA BEACH - Prosecutors said Friday they will seek to charge a 17-year-old as an adult in an alleged unprovoked attack where the teen and two 10-year-old boys smashed a concrete block on a homeless Army veteran.

The teenager would be facing up to 15 years in state prison if he is convicted as an adult on charges of aggravated battery. The 10-year-olds are too young to be charged with assault as adults under state law.

John D'Amico, 57, who is 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, said he was walking with a friend through a Daytona Beach neighborhood just before 9 p.m. Tuesday when the trio on bicycles started throwing sand and small rocks at them.

Then they got off their bikes and started throwing larger rocks, he said.

D'Amico said he fell into a wall after the 17-year-old punched him in the face, breaking the brick wall. One of the 10-year-olds then slammed a piece of the broken wall onto his face, he said.

"They were big kids for their age,'' he said from his hospital bed. "The little kid was taunting me. The big kid came over and just slugged me. If they just would have let me walk on, I would have walked on.''

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