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Brothers plead no contest in VCU mob attack

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Zachary Wallace (left) and Adam Wallace (right) Zachary Wallace (left) and Adam Wallace (right)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Two brothers pleaded no contest Friday for their role in a mob attack in August near VCU.

Zachary and Adam Wallace entered the plea to the charge of assault and battery by a mob. They received 12 months in jail, with 11 suspended. They were also put on unsupervised probation. and ordered to pay a $100 fine.

"It was not any kind of mob, just a fight," said J. Martelino, the attorney representing Zachary Wallace. "Because there was a fight that occurred- that's why they got charged, but they would have disputed there was any mob. That was the reason for the no contest."

The brothers were part of a mob that attacked two men in the early hours of August 22. A number of back to school events were going on when the attack happened just before 3 a.m. They punched a man, then went up to a VCU student and punched him two times before stealing cigarettes. A 17-year old was also charged with robbery in the reported crime. The suspects weren't affiliated with the university, according to VCU Police. The brothers' attorneys didn't say alcohol was involved.

VCU Police released surveillance video, which generated tips that led to the arrests. They also offered a reward for information leading to an arrest.  

Adam Wallace is facing more allegations in Henrico. Court records show he is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, recovering a stolen or aiding in concealing a firearm, grand larceny, and possession of marijuana. The charges were filed September 20th- only a month after the mob attack at VCU. Wallace's attorney representing him in Richmond couldn't comment on the Henrico charges.

The 17-year-old involved in the attack is scheduled to go to grand jury November 5th. If indicted, he could be tried as an adult.

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