DETROIT (WWJ) – A teenager has accepted a plea deal in connection with the beating of a gay man during a pride festival in Detroit.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s office said the 16-year-old boy on Wednesday pleaded no contest to a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm in the June 8 beating of 20-year-old Christin Howard.

The teen will be sentenced at a disposition hearing on August 26 at the Lincoln Hall of Justice in Detroit.

Police say the teen was part of a group of males who punched and kicked Howard during the Motor City Pride Fest downtown. Howard was apparently taking a photo with a friend along the riverfront when the attack took place.

The incident was recoded by a bystander and posted on YouTube. The video shows the group of men attacking Howard, who tries to fight back. Even when Howard crumbles to the ground in pain, the attack continues.

Police say efforts to identify Howard’s other attackers are ongoing.


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