Dozens of supporters who were crammed into the gallery of Ford’s courtroom cried loudly as the hearing came to a close, some shouting “No!” while one woman yelled, “26 years? That’s crazy!” Several of the spectators raised arms in salute as Carson was returned to the lockup.
Members of Albert’s family also attended the hearing but left before the emotional scene played out.
Both families declined to comment.
Carson was one of several youths allegedly involved in the notorious Sept. 24 incident, which was recorded by a passerby and viewed worldwide on the Internet.