Man pleads guilty to misdemeanor battery in taped Bridgeport attack
SUN-TIMES MEDIA March 17, 2014 6:30PM
Raymond Palomino was 17 when he was charged as an adult in connection with the brutal beating and robbery of a 17-year-old boy in a Bridgeport alley in January 2012. The attack was captured on video and was posted on YouTube. Palomino, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor batteryon Monday. Judge Joseph Kazmierski sentenced him to the 364 days he already has served in the Cook County Jail.
Updated: March 17, 2014 9:15PM
A man charged in a 2012 Bridgeport beating that was videotaped and posted on YouTube pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery on Monday.
Raymond Palomino was one of seven teens charged in connection with the attack on a 17-year-old boy on Jan. 15, 2012. He was the only one charged as an adult.
Palomino, then 17, was initially charged with felony counts of robbery and aggravated battery in the attack in the 2800 block of South Princeton Avenue, behind James Ward Elementary School.
Palomino, now 19, pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor battery on Monday, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Stephen Campbell. Judge Joseph Kazmierski sentenced him to the 364 days he already has served in the Cook County Jail.
Authorities had claimed a 15-year-old girl lured the victim to the Bridgeport alley, where a group of teens dragged, beat and robbed him while one of them recorded the attack on a cellphone.
At a bond hearing in 2012, Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti said that Palomino removed a shoe from the victim’s backpack while the teen was in a chokehold and used it to hit him repeatedly in the face.
The attack ended when teens saw an adult nearby, Antonietti said. The victim suffered a swollen and bloody nose, cuts to his lips and bruising to his eyes, ribs and other parts of his body.
At the time, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said the attack stemmed from a fight in October 2011 between the teens and the victim and his friends.
Palomino’s father, a Cook County Sheriff’s deputy, turned him in to police after learning about the video, but he disputed the prosecution’s claims that his son initiated the fight.