WHEATON, Ill. – A suburban Chicago teenager charged with a hate crime after yelling racial slurs and punching a Sikh man has been sentenced to two years' probation.
The DuPage County State's Attorney's Office said Wednesday that the teen also was ordered to pay nearly $5,000 in restitution and perform 200 hours of community service, including by serving the Sikh community, after pleading guilty to a felony hate crime charge.
Investigators say the September incident happened during a road-rage incident in Darien. The teen, who was 17 at the time, was arrested after yelling racial slurs at the 53-year-old victim and punching him in the face. The teen's name hasn't been released because of his age.
Prosecutors initially charged the teen with felony aggravated battery before adding the hate crime charge.