Judge Lets Teen Filmed Assaulting 68yo Woman Go Home, Attend School, Church, Basketball Practice

Chris Menahan
May. 09, 2017

The thug filmed assaulting an elderly woman at a pool party in Florida is being treated with kid gloves by the Florida justice system and his victim is shocked.

Leon Balfour Jr., 16, went before Judge Carlos Rebollo on Tuesday after turning himself in for assaulting Nancy James, 68, last Saturday.

Local 10 reports:
Judge Carlos Rebollo ordered Leon Balfour to home detention until his next court appearance. Balfour must stay at home unless going to school, church or basketball practice.

"He's a good kid," Balfour's attorney, Paul Molle, said. "It's an unfortunate situation, but I think with time it'll pan out and we'll get to see the real kid for who he is."

James expressed outrage:
"It just shouldn't happen," James said. "The kid has not evolved yet into what you're supposed to be as a human being."

James said she is unhappy with the terms of Balfour's release.

"Yeah, he's got to go to school. He needs that. He's only 16. He needs that. Go to church? Ok. Basketball? No. And he's on a traveling team, so that's not right," she said.

..."I didn't even really get to walk in and this kid comes from behind, picks me up, drops me and drags me into the pool," James said.
According to Local 10, the judge said the reason he allowed Balfour to continue to play basketball is because "he believes that extracurricular could keep him out of trouble."

Balfour's due back in court June 5th. He's facing one count of battery on a person 65 years of age or older.

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