A 46-year-old Ohio man who was viciously attacked by a teen mob last year in what police called a “boredom beating” has died. It’s not yet clear if he died as a result of his injuries, but police are awaiting a report from the coroner’s office.
Pat Mahaney, of Cincinnati, died Friday a year after suffering massive internal bleeding and a four-day hospital stay.
Last August, Mahaney was walking home after buying s six pack of beer when the group of six teens jumped him from behind, beating him to the ground with the beer he had just purchased.
“He was a good boy. He was taking care of his mother,” neighbor Marty Korte told WCPO-TV. He also said Mahaney was so affected by the incident he “was afraid to walk down the street.” In fact, he said he had only seen Korte once since the attack.
The teens admitted to the assault last year, saying Mahaney had done nothing to provoke it. Instead, they were bored and looking for something to do.
“One of the boys was sneaking up behind him and they just hit him out of nowhere, then out of nowhere everybody started coming in and jumping in on him,” Marquis Rhode, who witnessed the incident, told WCPO last year.
“His eye was real black and big. He had a bloody nose and it was just dripping everywhere, it was crazy. He had a bruise on his forehead because somebody had threw a can at him,” he added.
The six attackers, all aged 13 and 14, were charged with felonious assault and aggravated riot. Three of them have pleaded guilty to the assault charges in a deal that dropped the latter charge. All their cases, WCPO reports, are being charged separately in juvenile court.
Additional charges, however, could be filed depending on the outcome of the autopsy if it reveals Mahaney died as a result of injuries sustained during the assault.