PlusParents of Beaten NY College Student Speak OutParents of Beaten NY College Student Speak OutThe Associated PressThe parents of a college student who was beaten into a coma say they want his suspected assailant to return to the U.S. to face justice. Authorities say the suspect, Miladin Kovacevic, fled to Serbia while out on bail. (July 24)((New York)) A parent’s nightmare: Marlene and Richard Steinhauer’s only child lies in a coma – while one of the men allegedly responsible for putting him there appears out of the reach of justice. ((Marlene Steinhauer, Mother)) “((sobbing)) It’s very difficult to see my son and the quality of his life cut short,” Their son Bryan Steinhauer was a magna cum laude senior at State University of New York at Binghamton. He had already landed a job as an accountant, when he was beaten into a coma by three men in May. “…repeatedly kicked in the head over and over while he lay unconscious on the floor bleeding, he was so bloodied that even his only roommate could not recognize him being carried out.” It’s unclear why the 130 pound student was assaulted in a bar. But a grand jury is charging three men, including 6 foot 9 inches tall Serbian basketball player Miladin Kovacevic ( koh-VAH’-cheh-vitch) in the vicious assault. Kovacevic managed to slip out of the country, and now Serbia is refusing to extradite him, to the great frustration of his mother, a retired public schoolteacher, and his father, a systems analyst. Their lawyer says justice is being cheated. “He’s suffering greatly, we just understand he’s signed a contract to play basketball in Serbia.” Bryan Steinhauer is slowly coming into his consciousness, but it’s unclear if he will fully recover. “There’s times where he seems to get a little more consciousness of his situation, he starts yelling and screaming, it’s like a dagger to your heart.” Serbian officials say it is against the law in that country to extradite citizens. Ted Shaffrey, The Associated Press, New York
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