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Two charged with assault, hate crime in McDonald's attack

Two charged with assault, hate crime in McDonald's attack

An assault charge is serious. However, when an assault charge accompanies a hate crime allegation, the potential penalties become even more severe. In Maryland, a hate crime conviction carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, as well as a hefty $10,000 fine.

Two females charged in connection with the beating of a transgender woman at a McDonald’s in a Baltimore suburb last month have been indicted by a grand jury on various charges, including hate crime charges. The two defendants, an 18-year-old woman and a 14-year-old girl, have been charged with one count of first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault and a recently-filed hate crime. The Baltimore County state’s attorney apparently spent weeks determining whether to file hate crime charges in connection with the incident and ultimately chose to do so.

The grand jury indictment also charged the two defendants with assaulting a manager who worked at the restaurant, as well as a 55-year-old customer who attempted to stop the attack.

The incident from which the charges stemmed occurred April 18. According to the authorities, the two defendants allegedly assaulted a transgender woman inside a McDonald’s store while a number of restaurant employees watched. One McDonald’s worker apparently taped the incident and posted the video online. This worker’s employment was later terminated.

The older defendant insists she is innocent, asserting that she acted in self-defense. Her mother stepped up to her defense, insisting that her daughter could never have done the violent acts she has been accused of committing.

Both of the defendants are currently being held in jail without bond.

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