Crime & Courts

Man pleads guilty to kidnapping, hate crime in 2017 attack on Crystal Lake teen

Jordan Hill, 20
Jordan Hill, 20

Jordan Hill, one of four people accused of beating a Crystal Lake teen and broadcasting it on Facebook Live, was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison.

Hill, 20, pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping and hate crime charges. Cook County Judge William Hooks handed down the eight-year sentence, according to a statement from the Cook County State’s Attorney Office.

The four suspects – Hill, Tesfaye Cooper and sisters Brittany and Tanishia Covington – were indicted in February on charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, as well as a pair of hate crimes.

The defendants allegedly kidnapped and tortured a mentally ill Crystal Lake teenager for several hours and livestreamed the attack on Facebook.

The hate crime charges were because of the victim’s mental illness and race.

Hill, who prosecutors said was a classmate of the victim at an alternative school, also allegedly threatened to kill the victim. Hill also has a pending battery charge he received earlier this year after a fight at the jail, where he and two others allegedly attacked another inmate.

Brittany Covington was sentenced to four years of probation after pleading guilty in 2017.

Tanishia Covington was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year.

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