Report: Beating victim died of natural causes

Report: Beating victim died of natural causes

Associated Press


The recent death of an Ohio man was apparently unrelated to his brutal beating nearly a year ago by what police say was a group of bored teens, according to an autopsy report released Monday.

Pat Mahaney, 46, died July 12 of natural causes “with no residual physical effects from that beating,” the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office said.

Police say six teens, age 13 and 14, attacked Mahaney last August as he was returning home with a six-pack of beer because they were bored and looking for something to do.

Witnesses stopped the beating and called police, and Mahaney was hospitalized for four days with serious external and internal injuries.

Shortly after Mahaney’s death nearly a year later, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said his office would look at the autopsy to decide whether additional charges should be filed in the case.

Deters said in a statement Monday that based upon the autopsy results, he considered the matter closed and no other charges will be filed.

Court officials say five of the teens admitted to a charge of felonious assault. In exchange, prosecutors dropped charges of aggravated rioting.

Two of them received sentences of 10 days of work detail, 500 hours of community service and probation, while the other three are awaiting sentencing, court officials said.

The sixth teen is awaiting trial.

The beating shook the quiet Cincinnati suburb of North College Hill and led a white supremacist group to hold a rally along one of its main drags, calling the beating a hate crime.

Mahaney was white and the teens are black.

Police say they have no reason to believe race was a motive in the attack.

Mahaney’s brother, Jeff Mahaney, has said that his brother never mentally recovered from the beating.

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