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Three Sentenced in Union County Rock Throwing

LEWISBURG — Three teenagers involved in a rock throwing incident that severely injured a woman from Ohio were sentenced Thursday afternoon in Union County...
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LEWISBURG -- Three teenagers involved in a rock throwing incident that severely injured a woman from Ohio were sentenced Thursday afternoon in Union County.

The victim Sharon Budd and her family were in court as well.

The Budd family says it's been a long 14 months and they are glad to put this behind them.

The case was closed Thursday as the remaining three teenagers were sentenced. All three were led away in handcuffs.

Inside the Union County Courthouse Keefer McGee, Dylan Lahr, and Tyler Porter apologized to Sharon Budd for their roles in the July 2014 rock throwing incident that left her with a severe brain injury.

"One of the boys -- I forget which one it was -- I actually felt goose bumps going up and down my arms. All four of our children are in their twenties so I can't imagine saying, 'Good luck, I'll see you in four and a half years,'" Sharon Budd said.

All three teenagers were sentenced for their roles in the crime.

Dylan Lahr was sentenced first. The judge says Lahr must spend four and a half to 20 years in state prison. He gets credit for close to one year's time served.

Next Tyler Porter faced the judge. He was sentenced to 22 months to 10 years in state prison.

The Budd family says the biggest shock was Keefer McGee's sentence. His plea agreement called for 11 and a half to 23 months in the county jail, which is what he got, but he also was granted work release -- something the Budds did not expect.

"That privilege has been taken from Sharon and my comment was that he will have 11 and a half months, that's under a year and then he can work for the rest of his life," said Sharon's husband Randy Budd.

The Budd family says with the sentencings come closure.

"It's been 14 months and it's finally completed so we can kind of put this one behind us," Randy Budd said.

As for Sharon, she says she has her good days and bad days. She says she is going to meetings with others who have experienced traumatic brain injuries. Sharon says sometimes she puts herself in the shoes of the boys' parents.

"I feel worse for the perpetrators in this case," she said.

Newswatch 16 spoke to the Dylan Lahr's parents after the sentencing. They said they are very sorry to the Budd family for what happened.

Brett Lahr previously pleaded no contest to criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. He was sentenced in July to one and a half to 20 years in prison.