published Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Second teen in Marion cyclist assault case gets probation, community service

The youngest of two Marion County teens charged in the January assault of cyclist Anders Swanson was sentenced today in Marion County Juvenile Court to probation and community service.

The teen, 14 at the time of the incident and charged with possession of a horn that made an “unreasonably loud or harsh sound,” appeared this morning in juvenile court where he was ordered to perform 10 hours of community service during a 60-day probationary period, according to court officials.

He must also pay court costs, officials said.

The 14-year-old was charged along with a 16-year-old whose case was settled last month with court orders to serve 90 days probation, perform 16 hours community service, pay court costs and submit to a drug test.

Both boys cases will be reviewed on June 12.

The boys were charged in a Jan. 11 encounter with the cyclist, Swanson, in which they blew an air horn as they drove past him in their truck then blasted the man with pepper spray when they returned in another vehicle later the same day.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at or 423-757-6569.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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