For his role in the horrific attack on a Black Iowa man in May 2020, a second white guy has been sentenced to probation.
Despite being charged with deliberate injury inflicting serious injury, Jesse James Downs received only one year of probation after pleading guilty on Sept. 21 to a charge of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.
According to the Des Moines Register, the now 29-year-old was also sentenced to 150 hours of community service at Urban Dreams, a Des Moines-based nonprofit that provides mental health counseling, substance abuse recovery classes, and college preparation to underserved and underrepresented populations.
DarQuan Jones was jumped early Tuesday morning, May 16, 2020, by Downs and several other males, including Dale Lee Millard, while he was at his girlfriend’s residence on the 100 block of East Titus Avenue.
Jones was apparently waiting for his girlfriend to open the door when he was confronted by three males who he thought were inebriated.
“That [racist slur] tried to break into our house, so we beat him up,” witnesses said they heard two guys — Downs and Millard, the only two charged in the case — say.
Jones was allegedly choked, pummeled, and taken to a nearby creek, where his head was kept underwater, throughout the assault.
“The only thing that was on my mind during the attack was, ‘They’re going to murder me,’” Jones told the news site last year. “I felt it was finished for me as they started pulling me to the brook.”
Jones also suffered a broken wrist and other lacerations that necessitated ten stitches. For the medical treatment he received, he was charged $10,000.
Millard was sentenced to three years of probation in March 2021 for his role in the March attacks, after entering an Alford plea to a charge of wilful injury. Initially, he faced a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Downs, for one, had been involved in a previous incident that had garnered national notoriety. For his role in a caught-on-video altercation inside a Des Moines McDonald’s over a McChicken meal, he was arrested in June 2017 on counts of assault inflicting harm and disorderly conduct.
Many people on social media expressed their displeasure with the sentence, with one Twitter user writing, “There is clear and convincing evidence, to my thinking, that there is a long-surviving element of the confederacy in this country, and that many, many police and members of the justice system are colluding with them.”
To my mind, there is clear and convincing proof that there is a long-surviving portion of the confederacy in this nation, and that many, many cops and members of the justice system are cooperating with them.
October 7, 2021 — Tito Clevenger (@americastribe)
“Apparently in IA you can try to kill a guy (if he’s black) and receive probation,” another individual said.
In IA, it appears that attempting to murder a man (if he is black) will result in probation.
October 7, 2021 — Amie King (@MileHiCityGal)
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