Four charged with hate crime in online torture video
Matt Finn reports on the heinous crime
A Chicago woman involved in the beating of a mentally disabled man, who was broadcast on the Facebook Live pleaded guilty Friday to a hate crime and was sentenced to four years conditionally.
Brittany Covington, 19, entered her plea in a case that received national attention since it went to an 18-year-old disabled white man and four black men who taunted him with blasphemies against the white people and the President Trump. Covington told the video of her and three others in torturing the man.
Brittany Covington, 19, pleaded guilty to a hate crime and is placed on a probationary period of four years.
(Cook County Sheriff’s Department )
The victim disappeared in January and his family said they received text messages from him that he was being held hostage. Jordan Hill, one of the four friends charged in, picked up the victim at a McDonald’s in Streamwood in a stolen van. Hill and the victim previously knew each other from high school, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The two, who allegedly drove around for three days.
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The image of the four suspects, taunting him, and cutting his clothes after a “play fight” in Covington, the sisters’ apartment. The video showed a wound on the top of the head of the victim, and him being pushed by one of the attackers. A neighbor threatened to call the police, which resulted in the four suspects raided her apartment and stealing her property, police said. The victim managed to escape at that time. The officials of the victim in torn clothes a block away from the apartment.
The videos sparked outrage, including condemnation from President Barack Obama who called the acts “despicable.”
Covington is behind the bars since January, when the video, in which they are told, surfaced. Her three co-accused remain in custody and their cases are pending.
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In exchange for pleading guilty to committing a hate crime, aggravated battery and intimidation, prosecutors dropped a kidnapping charge and others.
The judge ordered Covington not to make use of social media for four years. They must also perform 200 hours of community service.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.