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Austin Vantrease's Family: We Want To Share Our Story
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on July 12, 2013 @ 4:40PM
Created on July 11, 2013 @ 5:26PM

The family of a man convicted of brutally beating a West Virginia Student four years ago is speaking out.

It's been almost three years since a jury found Austin Vantrease, and another man, guilty in connection with a fight that put Ryan Diviney into a coma.

The Vantrease family has been relatively quiet since that incident, but now they have a website that has a few details they feel haven't been reported.

Gale Vantrease, Austin's mother, told 5 News on Thursday that she realized the site probably won't be very popular. However, she mentioned it needs to be seen.

"We're not saying he's innocent," Gale said about her son. "We're not saying he's perfect, but we are saying that he's not the only one to blame. There's not always not one person to blame."

Vantrease added she feel bad for Ryan Diviney and they think about him everyday.

You can see the website by clicking here.

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Comments (2)
Jul 17, 2013 at 9:57 AM
This website created by Austin's family is propagating lies. The Diviney's have not seen one dime of money from Vantrease, yet in Big Bold letters at the bottom of the Accountability page on their website it says "Austin has a job in prison and sends the Diviney's his earnings every month." How can you even begin to say you ahve "learned from your mistakes!
Jul 16, 2013 at 4:17 PM
He did kick an unconscious man in the head with enough force to raise his whole upper body.The kick was described as 'like punting a football'. That's a lot of force. He did hide and watch rather than go get help. Why should this young man get parole? Because he and his family are inconvenienced with the consequences of his action? No!

The only reason this isn't murder conviction is because of some top notch care from the docs at Ruby Memorial.
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