WASIKE BEATING: Teen Testifies Against Friend

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Mike Wasike (WHO-HD)

A friend testified against his friend in the first degree robbery trial of Terrence Cheeks, Wednesday.

Cheeks is one of three Des Moines teenagers accused of the severe beating of Mike Wasike in February 2013.

Wasike suffered permanent brain damage when he was pulled from his car and beaten during a carjacking.

Today in Cheeks’ trial, co-defendant Kenneth Barry took the stand. The Des Moines Register reports Barry told the jury that Cheeks used Barry’s gun to beat Wasike.

In exchange for testifying, Barry accepted a plea deal from prosecutors. He will be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Cheeks faces up to 50 years if convicted.

A third co-defendant, Leshaun Murray has already pled guilty to lesser charges.


  • sally

    Yep, but they’ll spend a year or two behind bars, then they will be let out for ‘good behavior’.

  • Kathy

    These kids should be forced to work 40 hours a week for the next 20 years-giving the money to the Wasike family, as well as probably changing a few of this man’s diapers.

  • Ellen

    I hope the sentencing judge shows Cheeks the same mercy as he showed to Mr. Wasike, no mercy, and sentence him to the max of 50 years. I am so sick of hearing how these so called juveniles have “made a mistake”. This was no mistake. They intended to hurt or kill someone that night. When we begin to realize a teenager is just as lethal as any adult and we hold them responsible, this kind of behavior will continue.

    My prayers and thoughts go out to Mr. Wasike and his loved ones.

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