A Man is given a period of probation for the confrontation with the wife of the Puerto Rican flag T-shirt

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A Chicago-area man sentenced to death for confronting a woman about her Puerto Rican flag and T-shirt, and was sentenced to probation on Monday.

Timothy Trybus, 63, was convicted last month on hate-crime charge of his own actions in a Cook County park. He told the court on Monday that he was “very embarrassed” by the incident.

He was placed on probation for two years and ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.

The Des Plaines resident was cited after being caught on video berating Mia Irizarry on June 14, 2018, at Caldwell Woods. Irizarry was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag.

Trybus, who have been drinking alcohol at the time, questioned Irizarry, of the women and said, “You don’t wear them, that is, in the United States of America.” Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth and Puerto Ricans have been U.S. citizens at birth.


Irizarry testified that she feared for her safety during the incident. Trybus’ attorneys, said his client’s conduct “was not simply, as much as it was stupid.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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