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, became the third of four defendants to admit taking part in the savage attack when he entered the plea Thursday at the Cook County courtroom. Hill also pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping, FOX 32 reported.
The horrific case from January 2017 received national attention because it involved an 18-year-old disabled white man and four blacks who taunted the bound-and-gagged teen with profanities against white people and President Trump. It was broadcast in real time on Facebook Live.
Hill was driving a stolen van when he picked up the teenage victim at a McDonald’s and took him to a Chicago apartment, where the attack took place, according to prosecutors.
The video that sparked national outrage showed the four suspects taunting the injured teen and cutting his clothes. Authorities said a neighbor threatened to call police, so the four men retaliated by raiding her apartment and taking things. The victim disappeared and his family said they received text messages from him claiming he was being held hostage. Officers found him in tattered clothes a block away from the apartment.
The fourth co-defendant remains in custody with a pending case.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.