Jordan Hill, the alleged ringleader in the beating of a mentally disabled teenager that was shown on Facebook Live was sentenced to eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a hate crime and aggravated kidnapping.
Before being sentenced, Cook County Circuit Judge William Hooks lectured Hill, 20, on how his actions reflect on the fight for civil rights, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Hill is one of four black defendants charged in the kidnap and torture of a mentally challenged white man. The crime rocked the country as they livestreamed video of the torture on Facebook.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 6, 2017
Hill and co-defendant Tesfaye Cooper are seen taunting the terrified teen being held captive in a Chicago apartment. They cut his clothing and his scalp with a knife.
The four suspects are are seen laughing and eating, and apparently getting stoned as they shout phrases like “f**k white people” and “f**k Donald Trump!”
Hooks, who is also black, informed Hill of the end result of his actions.
“I surmise you believe you have some pride in being an African-American, is that fair to say?” the judge asked.
Hill responded that he was “proud to be black.”
The judge directed Hill to look at portraits of civil rights leaders hanging on the walls of the courtroom, which featured Thurgood Marshall and Frederick Douglass, among others — none of which Hill could name.
“Every time you take an act like this particular terrible act against this young man who couldn’t defend himself, you spit on the graves of all these folks that surround you in this courtroom,” Hooks said.
Judge Hooks came under fire when he sentenced Brittany Covington, the teen who live-streamed the video, complete with narrative, to just four years probation back in December after she pleaded guilty to a hate crime.
Her sister, Tanishia Covington, was sentenced to three years in prison for her role in the hate crime, but has reportedly already been released on parole.
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