A Chicago teen and her group of three friends caused outrage in January of 2017, when they livestreamed themselves mocking and abusing a mentally disabled man whom they had cornered in their apartment.
Nearly a year later, one of them has their sentence.
According to earlier reports, the 18-year-old disabled man suffers from schizophrenia and a severe attention deficit disorder and was kidnapped by the four teens on New Year’s Eve at a suburban Chicago McDonald’s.
He was then taken to one of the teens’ apartments. And over a period of six hours, then-18-year-old Brittany Covington and her friends bound the victim and tortured him.
CPD Arrested and Charged all four offenders with Hate Crime, as well as other charges, from West Side kidnapping and attack. Presser@2:15 pic.twitter.com/EoYnluf573
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) January 5, 2017
The terrified man was beaten, cut with a knife, and forced to drink out of a toilet bowl. All the while, the teens were yelling slurs and disparaging remarks at him.
At one point, the teens started livestreaming the beating, while Covington laughed and narrated what was happening.
The disabled man was later found disoriented and wandering around in ripped clothing.
Covington and her three friends were charged with kidnapping and a hate crime for the incident. Then-president Barack Obama called their actions “despicable,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
And on Friday, the 19-year-old learned her fate.Cook County Sheriff’s Department
Covington has received four years of probation for her role in the hate crime, Independent Journal Review reported.
The sentence came as part of a plea deal and also bars Covington from contacting two of her friends from the video, Tesfaye Cooper and Jordan Hill.
The 19-year-old is now out from behind bars for the first time since she was charged with the crime nearly a year ago.
The other three friends featured in the video are still negotiating their possible plea deals.
Watch a censored version of the livestream below: