Three-year prison sentence for Facebook Live hate crime defendant

  • Tanishia Covington was one of four people charged with a January 2017 attack on a Crystal Lake teen streamed live on Facebook.

    Tanishia Covington was one of four people charged with a January 2017 attack on a Crystal Lake teen streamed live on Facebook. Chicago Police Department via AP

  • Clockwise from upper left: Brittany Covington, 19, of Chicago; Tesfaye Cooper, 19, of Chicago; Jordan Hill, 19, of Carpentersville; and Tanishia Covington, 25, of Chicago, all were charged of aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

    Clockwise from upper left: Brittany Covington, 19, of Chicago; Tesfaye Cooper, 19, of Chicago; Jordan Hill, 19, of Carpentersville; and Tanishia Covington, 25, of Chicago, all were charged of aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Chicago Police Department

 
 
Updated 4/20/2018 9:08 PM

Two hours into a court hearing Friday, Tanishia Covington was ready to receive her sentence for her role in the infamous Facebook Live hate crime-hazing and beating of a white, 18-year-old Crystal Lake man.

After her guilty plea, and requisite recitation of the proof against her, her statement admitting to details of the 2017 incident, and her attorneys' outline of her troubled life before her arrest and sterling conduct in jail, the time had come for her to address the court.

 

"I just want to say that I'm sorry to everyone for my participation, (and) being childish and irresponsible and…" Tanishia Covington began.

Then, the judge started talking.

He eventually gave Covington a three-year prison sentence. He also denied a request to give her full credit for the slate of programs she had completed during nearly 16 months she had spent in jail since her arrest.

Read the full story at chicago.suntimes.com.

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