Mon., 10:29am: Steubenville rape convict released

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) – A television station reports that a former eastern Ohio high school football player has been released from a juvenile detention center less than a year after his conviction for raping a 16-year-old girl following an alcohol-fueled party.

WTOV-TV in Steubenville reports that MaLik (Muh-LEEK) Richmond has been released. His attorney, Walter Madison, says in a statement that the youth is a better, stronger person, and requests privacy. Messages left Monday for Madison seeking further information werent immediately returned.

Richmond was sentenced to one year in March 2013. A judge convicted him and fellow Steubenville High School student athlete Trent Mays of raping the West Virginia girl in August 2012. Mays was convicted of using his phone to take a picture of the girl naked. He was sentenced to two years.