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After victim dies, Medina man charged with murder for 2002 beating of child

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MEDINA, NY (WROC) — Seventeen years after a brutal beating in Medina of a four-year-old, the man convicted in the attack has been indicted on a murder charge following the death of the victim.

David Ricks is still serving a 20-year sentence for the assault of four-year-old Devante Boston.

Ricks was living with the child’s mother in 2002. During that time, prosecutors say Ricks abused the child up until one time where he violently slammed the boy to the ground.

The boy wasn’t taken to the hospital until days later, investigators said, where Ricks tried to say the boy was injured in an accident with a horse.

Since that attack, Boston lived in a medical facility where he survived on assisted care until October 2017 when he finally passed at the age of 20. Prosecutors say the medical examiner in Erie County later determined the death was the result of the injuries he suffered in 2002.

In 2003, Ricks pleaded guilty on assault charges for the beating. But, now a grand jury has indicted him for second-degree murder.

Ricks is currently being held Attica. According to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website, Ricks was set to have a parole hearing this month and had a conditional release date set for July.

No mugshot is available for Ricks. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said they couldn’t release a photo for Ricks due to the new state law restricting mugshots.

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