About ten days ago....down in Sylacauga, Alabama.....some high school kid made a social media comment in support of the cops and Cops-Lives-Matter. At some street-side junction....four punks came up and beat the crap out of the high school kid for the comment. The beating? A pretty harsh matter and the kid will likely spend a month in some rehab unit.
An investigation occurred and charges came out. The four punks? All young black men who were in some situation in a college (different colleges).
The likely charge? If no baseball bats or batons were used....it'll be second-degree assault. If bats or batons were used? First degree assault.
In Alabama.....first degree assault goes from two years to twenty years. Second-degree assault? From one year to ten years.
The odds in this case? The prosecutor will probably meet with each of the four and their lawyers and give one an opportunity to rat on the remaining three. This kid will be offered some kind of deal to admit things in court and the chief kid who did the damage or triggered the meeting to occur....will be the first one to face a court episode.
My humble guess is that one of the four will have get a major prosecution and face a minimum of ten years in prison. Two of them might luck out and just get two to four years. And the fourth guy who pointed out everything will walk away with six months of prison for a lesser charge.
All of this equals a pretty stupid amount of behavior by the four young men and will change their lives forever. If the injured kid suffers brain-damage? I'm still waiting for comments about permanent damage. In this case.....the hurt kid will sue the heck out of these four punks later....to get more or less nothing.
Their college years are finished. At best, the kid with little jail time might be able to return to some form of a life and move on. The kid who gets the ten-plus years? He's finished and will just end up as car-wash guy or janitor at some hospital. It's a pretty screwed up deal, and you just wander where their minds were that afternoon and why they had to beat the crap out of this high school kid.