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Offbeat Man sentenced to 8 years in beating of disabled teen streamed on Facebook Live

00:30  07 july  2018
00:30  07 july  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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The alleged ringleader in the racially charged beating of a teen with mental disabilities last year was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to a hate crime. Brutal Facebook Live attack brings hate-crime charges, condemnation from White House ».

A Chicago man who was the alleged ringleader in the racially charged beating of a mentally disabled teenager that was broadcast live on Facebook pled guilty Friday to a hate crime and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Jordan Hill, 20, was sentenced to 8 years in prison © Chicago Police Department Jordan Hill, 20, was sentenced to 8 years in prison

A man involved in the beating of a mentally disabled Chicago man that was streamed on Facebook Live pleaded guilty on Thursday, according the state's attorney.

Jordan Hill, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated kidnapping and one count of a hate crime, according to Cook County state's attorney Tandra Simonton. Both crimes are felonies. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, Simonton said.

Hill and three other suspects -- Tesafaye Cooper, Brittany Covington and Tanishia Covington -- were charged in early 2017 after they livestreamed video of the torture of a special-needs teen on Facebook.

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CHICAGO -- A Chicago-area man who was the alleged ringleader in the beating of a mentally disabled teenager that was livestreamed on Facebook has pleaded guilty to a hate crime and sentenced to eight years in prison.

A Chicago woman involved in the beating of a mentally disabled man that was broadcast on Facebook Live pled guilty Friday to a hate crime and was sentenced to four years probation.

The video showed the 18-year-old cowering in the corner of a room with his mouth bound in plastic. For more than 25 minutes, his attackers kicked and punched him, ignoring his screams. The assailants also made references to Donald Trump and white people while carrying out the attack.

The victim was tied up for four or five hours, according to police.

The video also raised ethical questions for Facebook and its platform's livestreaming capabilities. The social media network took the video down from one of the suspect's profiles.

Hill is the third of the four co-defendants to be sentenced. According to CNN affiliate WBBM, Brittany and Tanishia Covington also pleaded guilty. Last year, Brittany Covington was sentenced to four years of probation, WBBM reported, and Tanishia Covington was sentenced to three years in prison in April.

CNN has reached out to an attorney for Hill for comment. 

Last of 4 defendants pleads guilty to beating teen with disability in livestreamed Facebook attack .
A fourth and final defendant pleaded guilty Thursday to a hate crime for taking part in the beating of a teen with mental disabilities that was livestreamed on Facebook. Tesfaye Cooper, 20, turned to face the victim's family, saying in a barely audible voice, "I do want to apologize for the pain I put y'all through." Cook County prosecutors detailed at length what they called the "physical abuse and mental torture" that the teen suffered. Authorities have said the victim, who was 18 at the time of the attack in January 2017 and friends with one of his assailants, has schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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