Pubdate: Thu, 24 Jul 2008
Source: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX)
Copyright: 2008 Star-Telegram Operating, Ltd.
Author: Melody McDonald


FORT WORTH -- One of the teens caught on video teaching his toddler
nephews to smoke marijuana has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Demetris McCoy, 18, reached an agreement with prosecutors on Thursday
afternoon and pleaded guilty to two charges of injury to a
child/causing bodily injury. In exchange for the eight-year sentence,
McCoy must also testify against his co-defendant, Vanswan Polty,
officials said.

If McCoy had gone to trial and been convicted, he would have faced a
maximum of 10 years in prison.

"I think Mr. McCoy recognized that a Tarrant County jury was not going
to stand for his behavior and he did the proper thing by taking
responsibility for his actions," said prosecutor Darrell Davila, who
handled the case with Leticia Martinez.

McCoy, who was represented by defense attorney Ruben Gonzalez Jr.,
also pleaded to two charges of burglary of a habitation and received
eight years in each of those cases, according to computerized court
records. All the sentences will run at the same time.

McCoy and Polty were arrested in February 2007 after police found the
video while executing a search warrant at the Watauga home of McCoy's
grandmother. They were investigating burglaries that McCoy and Polty
are suspected of committing.

The video shows Polty and McCoy coaxing McCoy's nephews to smoke
marijuana. The boys, who were then 2 and 4 years old, had traces of
marijuana and cocaine in their systems.

Polty, 19, remains in the Tarrant County Jail awaiting trial. He faces
two charges of injury to a child, three charges of burglary of a
habitation and one charge of failing to identify himself to a peace
officer. Relatives have said that the children's mother was shocked
about the incident and was asleep in another room in the Watauga home,
which she shared with her children, grandmother and McCoy at the time.
Russell and the children's great-grandmother were not charged in the

Child Protective Service removed the children from the home shortly
after McCoy's arrest and sent them to live with foster parents.
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