'Walking Dead baseball bat attack' man sentenced
An 18-year-old who was inspired by TV series The Walking Dead has been sentenced for attacking a boy with a baseball bat with nails in it.
John Callis-Woolsey admitted causing grievous bodily harm to the 16-year-old in Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Derbyshire, on 13 November 2018.
The boy now requires full-time care and has a lifelong brain injury.
Kyle Cullan, 18, who was an accomplice in the attack, was also sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Thursday.
Callis-Woolsey, of Nelson Close, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, was ordered to serve eight years at a young offenders institution after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.
Cullan, of Snowfield View, Wirksworth, was given a 12-month sentence in a detention and training centre after admitting a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery.
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Derbyshire Police likened the weapon used in the attack to one that features in the TV series The Walking Dead - a horror show set during a zombie apocalypse.
After the attack, Callis-Woolsey was seen doing a dance called "The Floss" inspired by the computer game Fortnite.
The mother of the victim, who can only be named as Oscar, said: "I would like the producers and creators of such programmes to know the influence the content has on immature minds.
"The assault has changed our lives forever, my son is serving a life sentence and doctors have advised that he will remain disabled for the rest of his life."
Det Con Derek Ellis, from Derbyshire Police, said: "This was an act of extreme violence which was planned, orchestrated and carried out by a teenager for a somewhat trivial matter.
"His actions that night have dramatically altered the course of two young and bright promising lives, one of which was his own."