The judge in the Steubenville, OH rape case reads the guilty verdict. (Source: CNN)
STEUBENVILLE, OH (CNN) - Two high school football players broke down crying after they were found guilty of raping a 16-year-old after she was unconscious.
Ma'lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, were sentenced to a year in juvenile jail. Mays received an additional year on a charge of illegal use of minor in a nudity-oriented material. He will serve that additional year after his sentence for rape is completed.
The trial put the town of Steubenville, OH in the spotlight and at the center of social media buzz, dividing this small town.
The two football players were on trial for raping a 16-year-old girl during a night of parties in August.
A photo was released of Ma'lik Richmond and Trent Mays carrying the alleged victim by her hands and feet.
Prosecutors said she was too drunk to consent.
The case has taken on a life of its own on social media.
A video from Deadspin teens talk about the crime in a vulgar fashion.
"What if that was your daughter?"
"But it isn't"
"What if it was?"
"If that was my daughter I wouldn't care. I'd just let her be dead."
During the trial, a computer expert read hundreds of text messages from up to 17 different cell phones.
One text from the alleged victim said "I think I was drugged I have no memory after I left."
Another sent from Mays' phone said... "yeah dude, she was like a dead body. I just needed some sexual attention."
In other messages he denied having sex with the victim, but did say there was sexual activity between the two.
The defense questioned who really sent the messages.
New witnesses have come forward saying they saw the suspects sexually abuse the girl, and one even took video but later deleted it.
The defense says the victim may have made up memories based on text messages.
The case has prompted protests and touched many in the community.
Both the local prosecutor and judge recused themselves because of connections to people involved.
Some see the football players as getting special treatment, where others see the alleged victim as targeting the team or outsiders stirring up trouble.
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