A 27-year-old Texas man has been sentenced to 6 years in jail after punching a 14-year-old boy in his face. The Texas native assaulted the boy as a result of he was Black.
Charles Mitchell “Mitch” Patton pleaded responsible to damage to a baby and was sentenced this month in reference to a random assault two years in the past.
Authorities say on July 28, 2019, the 14-year-old African-American boy was strolling down a avenue situated in his New Boston, Texas, neighborhood, when a black Dodge Ram pickup with three white males drove up and parked to the facet of the street.
Patton, the person who was driving the truck, hopped out and began spouting racially offensive feedback on the teen and lifted his shirt to indicate his swastika tattoos throughout his chest. The boy informed police Patton then started swinging at him, lacking with the primary punch and the second busting the 14-year-old’s lip.
The 2 different males obtained out of the car to assist “get the suspect away from the juvenile,” the police report says.
The affidavit shares that the boy’s father reported the assault to the authorities and shared that his youngster had by no means met the person earlier than the incident.
Patton, by hanging the boy, broke Texas Penal Code- PENAL § 22.04 that prohibits inflicting “damage to a baby, aged particular person, or disabled particular person.”
Inflicting damage to a baby is punishable by something from two to 10 years in jail. As a result of Patton injected race into his assault, a first-degree felony hate crime cost may have doubled his sentencing. Patton may have confronted as much as 5 to 99 years of life behind bars. He didn’t.
He additionally pleaded to non-related legal offenses of getting marijuana and cellphone in jail.
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