By now most Americans who don’t live in a cave have seen the recent Facebook Live video out of Chicago displaying horrific abuse and torture of a young mentally disabled Trump supporter. The victim was first kidnapped, held for up to 48 hours, and subjected to kicks, punches, having part of his scalp cut away, sprinkled with cigarette ashes, and berated with verbal abuse such as “F*ck white people!” and “F*ck Donald Trump!”
During the filming of the homemade video some of the four suspects who took part could be heard laughing at the abuse, and the terror and suffering the young man was made to endure.
Eventually, the Chicago Police Department arrested the four suspects who took part in the despicable crime: Brittany Covington, 18, Tanishia Covington, 24, Jordan Hill, 18, and Tesfaye Cooper, 18.
The four torturers have been charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and committing a hate crime.
Amazingly, many in the media and even the initial official response from the Chicago PD downplayed any possible hate crime angle, instead stating that the four torturers made some “stupid decisions” which probably didn’t amount to a hate crime. In the end, perhaps due to national outrage, the hate crime charge was added.
If convicted, the four will likely spend time behind bars for a long time. Here are the prison sentences they could receive for the offenses they have been charged with:
- Aggravated kidnapping: 30 years in prison.
- Aggravated unlawful restraint: five to ten years in prison, if the court finds there are “aggravating factors.”
- Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon: five to ten years in prison.
- Hate crime: three years in prison.
Adding up the maximum sentences, each suspect could receive up to 53 years in prison, if the sentences are served consecutively, and 33 years in prison if served concurrently.
As there is video of their involvement in the torture, it would seem unlikely that the four sadists will walk free at the conclusion of their trial.