JUST IN: Last month, the nation was in shock after a gang of Chicago thugs brutally tortured a disabled Trump supporter and streamed the attack on Facebook live. Now, the thugs are facing major jail time and getting threats from furious people around the nation.
Via the Daily Herald: Reported threats against the defendants accused of kidnapping and torturing a Crystal Lake teenager have been so disturbing a Cook County judge on Friday forbid courtroom sketch artists from drawing their faces or the faces of their attorneys.
Defense attorneys in the case — which involves acts streamed live on Facebook earlier this month — referenced an online “execution threat” made against the defendants and anyone who supports them, presumably including their defense team.
The ruling accompanied prosecutors’ announcement of felony indictments against four people charged in the attacks. Brittany Covington, 18, her sister Tanishia Covington, 24, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, and Jordan Hill, 18, are charged with aggravated kidnapping, unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and a hate crime in the attack on the 18-year-old, who prosecutors say has schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder.
Cooper, a former Hoffman Estates High School student, and the Covingtons also are charged with residential burglary. Hill, who attended Aurora’s Core Academy and Hoffman Estates’ Conant High School, is also charged with robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
If convicted of the most serious charges, the defendants face up to 30 years in prison.
They have been held without bail in Cook County jail since their arrest Jan. 3. The attack against the teen took place between Dec. 31, 2016, and Jan. 2. Prosecutors say it consisted of the defendants slapping, punching and harassing the teen and forcing him to drink toilet water, prosecutors said. The black defendants also forced the white victim to utter racial epithets and derogatory statements about then President-elect Donald Trump, authorities alleged. Afterward, they bound him, stuffed a sock in his mouth and duct-taped it shut, prosecutors said.
Thankfully, despite the brutal attack, the victim is doing better.
A Go Fund Me set up in his honor posted: According to the family, he is continuing to do better each day. “He is back at school where he is getting used to his daily routine, which has been good for him. Austin has also been meeting with a therapist weekly, which he is starting to get more comfortable with which is promising. Other than that he has been spending time with his family, playing video games, and going to the gym to swim and play basketball.”
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