Raw Video: Team Mischief Teen Sentenced
WAUKESHA - He beat up a 79-year-old woman and stole her purse. Wednesday, he came face to face with his victim.
The victim was carrying groceries out to her car when she was beat up. Wednesday, she told a Waukesha County judge that she wanted him to "be lenient" when sentencing the teen who attacked her.
Judge Ralph Ramirez gave 18-year-old Matthew Sleider an eight year sentence for beating up 79-year-old Phyllis Meyer and then stealing her purse.
Sleider will spend five years in prison, and three years on extended supervision.
Sleider was a member of Team Mischief, a group of teens from the Wauwatosa area, who commit crimes, videotape themselves, and then post it online.
There is surveillance video from just minutes before Sleider attacked Meyer in a Brookfield Pick 'n Save parking lot.
Meyer didn't want to speak in court, so the district attorney read her account of what happened.
"I was leaving Pick 'n Save, someone knocked me down and took my purse as I was leaving.”
Meyer was severely bruised and will have eye surgery this coming Friday. Still, she asked the judge to be lenient. Sleider apologized for what he did.
"I 'm sorry for my actions and the pain and suffering that I put you through. I will pray for you on Friday and I hope that you will make a full recovery. I am sorry for what I put your family through and yourself. I am sorry for what I did, ma'am," Sleider said.
Click on the link under related content to see Matthew Sleider's apology.
Several current and former members of Team Mischief were in court as their friend was sentenced.
TMJ4’s Heather Shannon asked a former Team Mischief member, "Does a sentence like this encourage people that may be part of Team Mischief to stop committing crimes?"
"I hope so," Nick Botic said. "It's their fault if they're going to keep doing stuff like that. I know that all the people who really know Matt are going to stop, if they haven't already."
Click on the link under related content to see an interview with Nick Botic.
Phyllis Meyer says she forgives Matt Sleider for what he did.
He will also have to pay her back for the purse.