Texan In "Knockout Game" Faces Federal Hate Crime
Authorities say a 27-year-old suburban Houston man hoping to gain national exposure by knocking out an unsuspecting bystander has been charged with a federal hate crime.
Federal prosecutors said Thursday that Conrad Alvin Barrett on Nov. 24 struck a 79-year-old man, breaking his jaw and hospitalizing him for several days. They say Barrett, a Katy resident, targeted the victim because he's black. Barrett allegedly laughed after knocking the man to the ground and then fled to his vehicle.
Barrett used his cell phone to record the attack and showed it to others. Prosecutors say by playing the "knockout game" Barrett was hoping his video would be nationally televised.
He's scheduled to make an initial court appearance Thursday. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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