Teen resentenced to prison

URBANA — A teenager who repeatedly struck staff members at the Pavilion Foundation School has been resentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

Ganell J. Betts, 17, who listed her address as the Pavilion, 810 W. Church St., was initially sentenced in November to a year of probation for striking a male teacher on Oct. 25.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said after Betts hit another staff member in early December, Weber took steps to revoke Betts' probation, hoping that a night in jail might get Betts' attention.

On Dec. 21, Judge Tom Difanis resentenced her to probation but warned her that if she found herself back in his courtroom, she would be going to prison.

Weber said as Betts was being taken back to the school after court on Dec. 21, she struck her caseworker.

Difanis resentenced Betts on the original conviction Monday,

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chumberley wrote on January 08, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Just another case of the mental health system dumping their patients onto the justice system.  That girl needs treatment, not jail.

serf wrote on January 08, 2013 at 8:01 pm

That's quite a diagnosis based on a six sentence article.