A man who broke the face of a black teen on a bicycle chain with five years in prison on a hate crime


According to federal officials, the man was put in jail for five years for breaking a black teen’s face with a bicycle chain on the beach, telling the boy that “black life doesn’t matter,” and then knocking out his teeth.

Lee Mouat, 43, Newport, Michigan. Acknowledged his actions In March, he pleaded guilty to intentionally causing physical injury to an 18-year-old man for a teenage race.

The incident occurred in June 2020 at Sterling State Park in Monroe, Michigan. There, he confronted a group of black teenagers, including 18-year-old Devin Freeron Jr., whose victim was Muat.

It was around 7:45 pm on June 6th that Freeron heard a stranger screaming in a parking lot on the beach.

Lee James Mouat Jr.

Lee James Mouat Jr.

Freeron was pulling a portable speaker out of his car, but Muat shouted a racial slur to his two friends and began walking towards Freeron.

According to witnesses, Muat was angry with teens playing music and made racial comments about teens as they walked towards the park with their families. was doing.

One witness said he heard Muat say.

A few minutes later, a turmoil broke out in the parking lot, and Muat allegedly told the group that “black life doesn’t matter.”

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After witnesses spoke with Muat, Muat walked away and commented, “I have something in my car.”

Another witness assumed that Muat was leaving with his family. Instead, Muat returned with a bicycle chain, shook his 18-year-old face, laid it on the ground, and shook it to a witness, but missed it.

Muat later admitted that he had repeatedly thrown racial slurs in groups, stating that blacks had no right to use public beaches. He then hit the teen’s face with a bicycle lock, knocked out some teeth, cut his face and mouth, and broke his jaw. He also admitted that he tried to attack another black teen with a bicycle lock but was missing.

“Because these young people are black, the defendants brutally attacked teens on public beaches,” said Kristen Clark, Deputy Prosecutor of the Civil Rights Department of the Justice Department. “The violent crimes that fuel such hatred do not exist in our community. Protecting Americans from hate crimes is the Department of Justice’s top priority and we bring the perpetrators to justice. Use any tool available for. “

In addition to being sentenced to imprisonment, Judge Stephen Murphy of the US District Court ordered Muat to be released under three years of surveillance.

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This article was originally published in Detroit Free Press: Man goes to jail for five years for breaking a black teen’s face with a chain

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