Teen sentenced to prison for beating teacher

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - He beat up his teacher in the classroom, now he'll be spending many years in prison.  Video of the attack was caught by a surveillance camera at the Innovative Concept Academy in North St. Louis. It shows 15-year-old Kevin Straub pummeling his 42-year-old teacher.  Prosecutor Jeffrey Ernst said, "It absolutely was a brutal crime and it happened in a school which is so troubling about the whole thing."

The beating was so severe the teacher suffered a stroke, doctors still aren't sure if the man will lose his sight.  The victim's mother-in-law said the father of her grandchildren is a very giving man, "He's a good person, good person, a good father."

The victim's mother said, "It was very hard on me."

She said Kevin Straub's violent behavior changed so many lives. No longer can her son play basketball with his son. Straub was given ten years in prison. The victim's mother said, "He should be put away someplace where he won't hurt anyone else."

Both women asked to remain unidentified. Both hope Straub can change his life around while in prison.  The mother-in-law said, "I hope that he gets the help he needs while he's in there because he's young."

Judge Mark Neill noted Straub's age when he sentenced him.  The judge said, although Kevin Straub is a child he committed a man's crime and should be sentenced like a man.

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