Crime

Texas Man Who Targeted Black Senior In Assault Given Six Years In Prison For Hate Crime

| by Brendan Kelly

A Houston-area man who knocked out an African-American senior was sentenced to almost six years in federal prison Friday.

Conrad Alvin Barrett, 29, punched a 79-year-old man to the ground in November, 2013 in Katy, Texas. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the attack was a hate crime and Barrett had his cell phone camera recording the incident.

The assault left Roy Coleman with his jaw fractured in two places.

In the video, Barrett attacks Coleman before fleeing to his car, laughing and saying, “Knockout!”

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Hours later, Barrett was arrested when he showed off the video to an off-duty police officer. In June, he pleaded guilty to the assault.

According to prosecutors, the footage begins with Barrett driving around a mall, saying to the camera, “The plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”

Moments later, Barrett gets out of his vehicle and walks up to Coleman. He asks him, “How’s it going, man?” before punching him. The punch mirrors similar attacks as part of the so-called “knockout game.”

Barrett also filmed videos earlier in the day using racial slurs and saying that black people “haven’t fully experienced the blessing of evolution.”

On Friday, Barrett was sentenced to 71 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, plus a $2,000 restitution fine. Barrett was charged under the 2009 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

Coleman’s lawyer was glad to hear news of the sentencing, but added Friday that Coleman “still needs some justice on the civil side.”

Barrett could still potentially face more time in prison because a Fort Bend County grand jury indicted him on injury to an elderly person charges.

According to the Chronicle, Barrett’s lawyer attributed the attack to Barrett’s “grandiose ideations” and “alcohol abuse” during the trial.

Sources: NY Daily News, Click 2 Houston

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