Attacker Accused In Ryan Diviney Beating to Recieve Parole Hearing
Written by Matt Casasanta
Last updated on June 30, 2013 @ 11:30PM
Created on June 29, 2013 @ 11:48PM

Austin Vantrease is one of the men serving prison time after the brutal beating of WVU student Ryan Diviney three years ago that left him in a vegetated state.

Vantrease is schedule to have a parole hearing on July 22nd. If the parole is approved, Vantrease will have only served three years of his possible ten year sentence.

The fact that Vantrease may get out earlier than expected, has a lot of people in the community talking.

"To beat a person senseless and render him a vegetable for the rest of his life seems to be a crime that would be deserving of more then three years in prison," said Harrison County resident, Joe Leighton.

"I think that was awful dirty to do to a person like that and I figure he should do more time than three years because the man is going to be messed up for his entire life," said resident, Robert Shields.

Again, Vantrease's hearing is July 22 at 10:00 a.m.

Diviney is now 23-years-old. He was beaten after a fight over a Phillies, Yankees World Series Game.


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Nov 08, 2013 at 6:16 PM
The guy below has to be kidding. Look at the facts? The facts are that your total scumbag of a relative/boyfriend/whatever he is to you (because nobody would defend such a scumbag so strongly if they weren't completely blinded by family love) is a murderer. Actually he's worse, because instead of killing the guy straight out he's dragging it out over YEARS. Pick your choice? Do you need to be proven you're a lunatic who's defending Mr. WorseThanMurder, or the kid who had everything (including himself) taken away from him? Look at the facts? What facts? The fact that he was captured on film? Or do you mean the witnesses that saw exactly what happened? This guy should be serving life, not a pitiful 10 years or most likely less...
Jul 10, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Obviously the individual commenting claiming this man is innocent is a family member of this scum. What kind of gentle, caring, non threatening teenager kicks someone else in the head?! Such a loser. I hope to god this pitiful excuse of a human serves his whole measly 10 year sentence.
Jul 02, 2013 at 11:49 AM
The condition he put this guy in....is the SAME as if he murdered him. He should be sentenced for murder!!
Jul 01, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Do the research....please. There is so much more to this story. The Diviney case thus far is base on emotion not facts. Someone needs to do the right thing and report the facts.
Jul 01, 2013 at 5:25 PM
Unbelievable.... again. As a news agency you would expect that someone would actually do their homework, and investigate a news story before "repeating" what a victim's father has said! And why is this still NEWS?? I heard that is because Ryan Diviney's mother is an executive at CNN, and his father writes all press releases and sends them to the local and national papers .... not to be scrutinized, but to be published, word for word. Is that true? Is that how your station operates also? Your news agency was sent a copy of the transcript from someone who "was actually there" that night. Did anyone read that? Does anyone realize that this was not an attack, it was not unprovoked, it was not a beating, but instead a horrible accident that was the result of drunken teenagers crossing paths at 3 am with egos flaring? The occurrence happens every night, everywhere, thank God this result does not. Please get off the revenge and hate bandwagon and bring something positive out of this tragic situation. Read the truth, and share that news story. http://chooseprogress.net/
Jul 01, 2013 at 1:54 PM
Media sensationalism. Ryan Diviney was injured while participating in an altercation involving Austin Vantrease, among others. Ryan Diviney was not "beaten after a fight." The evidence is far from conclusive as to what exactly caused Ryan Diviney's injury. This young man is not a violent, repeat offender who is a danger to West Virginians, and he is not a threat to anyone in or outside West Virginia. An alcohol fueled fight erupted between two groups of college-aged men and changed lives forever. All were culpable in some way and the results were by no means premeditated. How about some actual investigating instead of regurgitating opinions and key phrases from someone else's website.
Jul 01, 2013 at 1:22 PM
It continues to amaze me how the media continually misrepresents and/or completely ignores both sides of this tragic story! Undoubtedly, Ryan Diviney was tragically permanently injured but he was also an active participate on that fateful night. All of the young people involved, including Ryan, had been drinking underage and got into an argument that escalated to a physical altercation that lasted a total of no more than a minute and a half, with the physical altercation portion lasting no more than 25 seconds. There was no attack--rather a sum total of two punches and a kick were exchanged. Get the facts for yourself. Don't let Ryan's condition blind you to the truth of the matter. http://chooseprogress.net/