3 White San Jose State University Students Guilty of Battery on Black Freshman, but Dodge Hate Crime Charge

Donald Williams Jr. and family Karl Mondon/ Bay Area News Group
Donald Williams Jr. and family
Karl Mondon/ Bay Area News Group

Three white students from San Jose State University were found guilty of misdemeanor battery on Monday, but were absolved of a hate crime. The charges stem from a 2013 incident in which the students—Colin Warren, Logan Beaschler, and Joseph “Brett” Bomgardner—allegedly put a bike lock around the neck of black teenager Donald Williams Jr. while attempting to lock him in a closet and display the Confederate flag in a suite they shared. Prosecutors also alleged that the students referred to Williams as “three-fifths” and “fraction.”

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