Man sentenced to 7 years for Facebook Live beating of teen with mental disabilities

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(Top row: Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington; Bottom row: Tanishia Covington, Jordan Hill)

CHICAGO — A 20-year-old Chicago man who was the last of four defendants to plead guilty to taking part in the beating of a mentally ill teenager livestreamed on Facebook has received a seven-year prison sentence.

Tesfaye Cooper pleaded guilty earlier this month to committing a hate crime and aggravated kidnapping. The charges are the same to which fellow defendant Jordan Hill pleaded guilty; he was sentenced to eight years in prison. Hill was considered a ringleader in the attack. Tanisha Covington was sentenced to three years in prison. Her sister, Brittany Covington, received four years of probation.

The January 2017 incident gained notoriety when one of the suspects posted video showing four African-Americans taunting the bound-and-gagged white teen and using profanities against white people as they attacked him.

Authorities say the victim, who was 18 at the time of the attack, has schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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