Being accused of a federal crime is never a pleasant experience. One man who is facing federal charges is being accused of a hate crime in an incident involving the knockout game. Missouri residents might be interested in reading about how these charges came about.
The 27-year-old suspect is accused of hitting an elderly black man in a racially motivated assault. Prosecutors allege the man made a video of the attack that included a statement from the suspect about knocking out a black person to see if the incident would make national news. The suspect is said to have hit the victim so hard that he instantly fell to the ground.
The victim is a 79-year-old man who had to be hospitalized for several days after the incident. The man suffered two fractures in his jaw and lost two teeth. The victim asked the judge in a letter not to release the suspect because he feared for his life.
Despite the suspect's attorney claiming he suffers from bipolar disorder and wasn't on his medications at the time of the attack, the judge declined to set a bail for the suspect. He is being charged with violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes and faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if he is convicted.
If you or someone you know is being charged with any federal crime, such as sex crimes or a hate crime, contacting a Missouri criminal defense attorney with experience in federal cases can help you to understand the charges against you, as well as the best way to fight those charges.
Source: WPTV.com, "Conrad Alvin Barrett charged with federal hate crime in connection with 'knockout' assault" Jocelyn Lane and Chelsea J. Carter, Dec. 28, 2013