The Chicago Tribune reports that the ringleader in the livestreamed attack on Facebook has been sentenced to 8 years in prison. Last year, a brutal assault was broadcast while a group of teens beat a mentally disabled teen. Jordan Hill, now 20, pleaded guilty in the racially influenced beating to hate crime charges.
The victim, according to prosecutors, has schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Hill’s charges included one count of aggravated kidnapping , and was the third of the four defendants to admit his guilt. He rejected a previous plea deal in March that also called for an 8-year term.
The final defendant, Tesfaye Cooper, now 20, is also expected to accept the plea deal soon. Brittany and Tanishia Covington already entered guilty pleas.
Hill was allegedly the ringleader in the attack that occurred in January 2017. He was friends with the 18-year-old victim and took him to an apartment on Chicago’s west side before he was gagged and bound while Hill cut his clothes, hair and scalp. There were also several derogatory comments in the video about the ethnicity of the victim and then-President-elect Donald Trump.
Hill also contacted the victim’s family on Facebook and asked for $300 for his safe return. Neighbors complained about the noise and other defendants left the scene before the victim was able to escape.
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