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Teen charged in video beating and begs for hate crime

CHICAGO – Chicago woman involved in a beating of a mentally disabled man who was shown on Facebook Live has pleaded guilty to a hate crime and placed on probation for four years.

Nineteen-year-old Brittany Covington in her plea Friday in a case that got national attention because it involved a white victim and four blacks who taunted him with blasphemies against the white people and the now-President Donald Trump.

Covington is in jail since January, when the video, in which they are told, surfaced. Her three co-accused remain in custody and their cases are pending.

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.

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