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Two Florida Brothers Who Beat Up A Black Man With An Ax Handle, Indicted On Federal Hate Crime Charges

Two Florida Brothers Who Beat Up A Black Man With An Ax Handle, Indicted On Federal Hate Crime Charges

For assaulting a Black man outside a bargain store in Florida, two white brothers have been charged with a hate crime. Along with previous charges stemming from the brawl the guys were detained for in 2021, the additional offense will be added.

After allegedly attacking a 24-year-old African-American man known only as D.B. in records, Roy Lashley, 55, of Dunnellon, and Robert Lashley, 52, of Brandon, Florida, were indicted on federal hate crime charges on Tuesday, June 7, according to a news release from the US Justice Department.

U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg of the Middle District of Florida and Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division both delivered the announcement.

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The officials mentioned that the incident was looked into by the FBI and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, who then reported their findings to the court.

In an effort to bring justice to the young man whose civil rights were violated, trial lawyers Maura White and Matthew Tannenbaum of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert E. Bodnar Jr. for the Middle District of Florida are handling the prosecution.

The Lashleys were detained on Nov. 17, 2021, according to the Chronicle Online, for beating D.B. in a Family Dollar parking lot close to the intersection of North Citrus Springs Boulevard and North Deltona Boulevard in Citrus Springs.

Later, they faced charges of assault and battery for the identical occurrence under state law.

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When D.B. was leaving the store and crossing Deltona Boulevard, according to the arrest records, he heard voices hurling racist and offensive epithets at him. According to the authorities handling the case, Robert Lashley approached the victim and began striking him in the face.

Roy Lashley repeatedly struck D.B. with an ax handle and a closed fist as he lay on the ground.

According to Local 10 News, the jury charged the men with additional hate crime counts after finding that they shouted racial epithets during the ambush. These charges carry a maximum 10-year prison sentence, three years of required supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

The indictment lays the groundwork for both men to face trial on hate crime charges, claiming that they “aided and abetted one another, wilfully inflicted physical injury to the victim, a Black male, because of his actual and perceived race.”

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Roy Lashley was given an additional charge. The man got combative with the arresting deputies when police arrived at the scene of the dispute. Records show that the altercation with the officers was the reason he was charged with resisting law enforcement. While the officer was attempting to handcuff him, he allegedly kicked the deputy from the sheriff’s office in the legs.

Since the indictment, Blake Shore, an assistant state attorney, has stated that state and federal prosecutors will need to consult in order to determine whether the state should continue to prosecute the Lashleys.

There is no indication in federal court documents that either man had legal counsel.

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  1. Duane

    June 23, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Racial hatred, which is actually an arrogant word for ‘Cowardly Fear’, is losing it’s power over white people. White people have gotten tired of the whole cowardly fear mentality called racism. These guys are finding out first hand that their violence will no longer be tolerated in America.

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