HOUSTON, Texas – A teenager described by prosecutors as a neo-Nazi skinhead was convicted Thursday of savagely beating and sodomizing a Hispanic youth at a party while yelling racial epithets such as "white power!"
The jury deliberated for four hours before returning the verdict against David Henry Tuck, 18, who could be sentenced to life in prison.
Prosecutors said the attack was racially motivated in part because the victim is Hispanic and Tuck espoused white-supremacist beliefs.
Authorities said Tuck shouted racial insults as he punched, kicked and stomped the teen for four to five hours and sodomized him with the plastic pole of a patio umbrella. Tuck and another teen later stood him against a fence and poured bleach all over him, according to investigators.
Initially, doctors did not expect the boy to live. He was hospitalized for more than three months and underwent 20 to 30 surgeries.
In closing arguments, defense attorneys blamed two witnesses to the attack, a 16-year-old boy and his 13-year-old sister who hosted the party at their family's home in the Houston suburbs.
During the trial, Gus Sons and his sister testified that they watched helplessly as Tuck and the other teen assaulted the victim.
The two siblings said the attack was triggered by the victim's drunken attempt to kiss Danielle Sons, who was 12 at the time, and by an alleged attempt by the victim to steal drugs from Gus Sons.
The other teen charged in the beating, Keith Robert Turner, 17, is set to go to trial next month.
The Associated Press has not identified the Hispanic teen because he is a juvenile sexual assault victim.