By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. — A year-long legal saga wrapped up this week when a third teen was found guilty of beating another teen with a baseball bat in an act of gang-related violence in June 2012.
Donovan Ball, 19, was convicted of attempted murder, a Class A felony, and criminal gang activity by a 12-member jury in Madison Circuit Court 3, one day short of a complete calendar year after a vicious attack which critically injured then-15-year-old Sergio Torres.
According to a probable cause affidavit of the incident, Torres was found June 27, 2012, beaten and bloody in the 600 block of East 27th Street. The teen suffered extensive head injuries but was able to provide police with critical details about the attack, including information about his assailants.
Other witnesses confirmed Ball and two Chicago teens — Ruben Rosales-Mezar, 19, and David Rivera, 18 — were the attackers. Police testimony indicated Ball, an Anderson resident, was the only one of the three attackers Torres positively identified in police interviews.
The attack was confirmed by several witnesses to be gang related, with the three attackers purportedly connected to the Chicago Latin Kings gang syndicate, and Torres connected with Surenos 13 of Florida. It is believed the attack was retribution against Torres and other Surenos 13 members who had been harassing Rosales-Mezar.
The charge of attempted murder could carry significant prison time. Rosales-Mezar was found guilty by jury trial in February for his role in the attack and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Rivera pleaded guilty to the same charges in January.
According to court records, sentencing for Ball will be July 8 at 10 a.m. in Court 3.
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