A former St. Louis police officer was sentenced to 52 months in prison on Tuesday, nearly four years after he assaulted a Black colleague who was working undercover at a protest in 2017.
Randy Hays, 34, faced up to ten years in jail for his role in the beating of Detective Luther Hall, but after the prosecution and defense requested 70 and 36 months, respectively, he will serve four years in federal prison and two years on probation.
Hays pleaded guilty to a felony count of deprivation of civil rights under color of law in 2019, but was released pending his sentencing.
During the hearing, First Assistant US Attorney Carrie Costantin read a victim impact statement from Hall.
“On September 17, 2017, my career came to an end, and I embarked on a long journey of sorrow, stress, heartbreak, betrayal, and mistrust,” according to the statement. “I also realized that my 22 years of loyal service to the SLMPD and the SLPOA meant nothing to them except to falsify records and reports, provide false information to the media, and work diligently to get ahead of this.”
Hall detailed the “uneven days” he’s had since the incident, as well as the symptoms he’s still dealing with as a result of his injuries.
“Since September 17, 2017, I’ve undergone three surgeries and several procedures in an attempt to alleviate the pain I experience on a daily basis. My physicians have told me that I will need further procedures in the future to address the numerous problems I suffered on September 17, 2017. “The reality is that I will be in pain for the rest of my life.”
Hall, a 22-year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department, was working undercover at a rally in response to the acquittal of former St. Louis Officer Jason Stockley, who was accused with the 2011 murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. According to court filings, Hall also had a tailbone injury, a 2-centimeter laceration above his lip, and surgery to correct herniated disks in his neck and back. St. Louis agreed earlier this year to pay Hall $5 million to resolve a lawsuit he filed against the city in 2019. Hall stated in the lawsuit that he was beaten by numerous officers. Even though Hall was not fighting arrest, Hays admits to striking him with a baton.
Steven Korte, who is still on the force, was found not guilty of all counts in March, while former Officer Christopher Myers was acquitted on one count of deprivation of rights and the jury was deadlocked on the charge of destruction of property against him.
Former officer Dustin Boone, who was charged with depriving Hall of his civil rights under color of law and aiding and abetting in the commission of a felony, was also found not guilty by the jury.
Bailey Colletta, a former officer who pleaded guilty in connection with the beating nearly two years ago, was sentenced this week to three years of federal probation for lying to the FBI and a grand jury about what she witnessed during the assault.
Hays was supposed to read a statement at the court, but he was too emotional, so his attorney did it for him.
“I sincerely regret the impact they had on Luther Hall and his family. … As I think back on that night, there are so many things I would have done differently. “That evening, I made the incorrect decision,” the statement read.