Thank you for allowing me to tease you. I so badly wanted to tell you what was going down, but I simply could not. I needed to wait until the mail and legal system took the necessary steps. We all know by now there is precedent where people go into hiding to avoid their consequences. In other words, they needed served with the complaint from the court before I could tell you.
It is my fundamental belief that Ryan holds a lien on the lives of those accountable for his injuries. Yes, these thugs — whether they realize and accept it or not — are fully indebted to my son. They amassed a heavy financial, moral, and ethical burden. Simply put, if Ryan does not fully recover they will forever owe. Who knows if we will ever see a cent? Based on their track record, it is far from certain. Probably unlikely. Still, acting on principle is never wrong and Ryan is, indeed, a man of principle. He believed in fairness so much that he wanted to be a judge.
Ryan, this is for you, buddy.
Official Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Suit Filed Against Group in Brutal Attack of WVU Student Ryan Diviney
Morgantown, West Virginia – August 27, 2011 – Ken Diviney, Ryan Diviney’s father, and Brian McLhinney, Ryan Diviney’s friend, filed a civil lawsuit this week in connection with the 2009 beating in Morgantown, WV, which left Ryan Diviney comatose and McLhinney injured.
Ken Diviney and McLhinney filed the lawsuit in Monongalia County Circuit Court in Morgantown, WV, against Austin Vantrease, Jonathon May, Colin McKeefery, et.al, all of Newark, Delaware area. Other individuals could be named in the suit later. A jury trial was requested.
Vantrease and May were convicted in a 2010 jury trial in Monongalia County in connection with the attack on Ryan Diviney, which prosecutors said began after an oral argument about the World Series. Vantrease is currently serving a two-to-10 year sentence for malicious assault. May was convicted of battery and completed a one-year jail sentence.
The lawsuit alleges that Vantrease and May “willfully and/ or maliciously” caused Diviney’s severe injuries.
In addition, the lawsuit alleges that McKeefery, et. al, “substantially encouraged” the physical altercation and prevented Diviney from escaping. Video evidence from the criminal trial shows Diviney disengaging and back peddling from the aggressors before the attack. Without provocation, May punched Diviney when he was not looking and it sent him unconscious to the ground where his head struck a metal grate. As described by an eyewitness, Vantrease then ran over and kicked Diviney “like he punted his head like a football”.
Ken Diviney said he felt he was forced to file the lawsuit, saying he was out of options.
“They haven’t shown any goodwill,” Diviney said of Vantrease and May. “They haven’t paid a cent of court-ordered restitution. They’ve made no efforts to help. Sadly, they show no remorse. These men have an obligation to my son and family”.
The Divineys continue to care for Ryan at their Ashburn, Va., home. Ryan remains in a coma-like state and requires round-the-clock care.
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