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Man in noose attack made to write lynching essay

A northern Illinois man who helped put a noose around the neck of an African American teenager has been sentenced to probation and ordered to write an essay on the history of lynching in the United States.

The Associated Press

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CHICAGO —

A northern Illinois man who helped put a noose around the neck of an African American teenager has been sentenced to probation and ordered to write an essay on the history of lynching in the United States.

A Cook County judge also ordered 19-year-old Matthew Herrmann of Alsip to read his paper to the victim of the attack and other community members at an event known as a "peace circle."

The Chicago Sun-Times reports ( http://bit.ly/WiaKLn) that Herrmann was initially charged with felony counts of committing a hate crime, unlawful restraint and battery. But under a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery.

Prosecutors say Herrmann and two other white accomplices attacked 17-year-old Joshua Merritt in 2011, putting the noose around his neck and threatening him with a knife.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index

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