Judge orders man accused of hate crime to write about lynchings

February 27, 2013 4:53:32 PM PST
A south suburban man who was accused of a hate crime has been ordered by a judge to write an essay about the lynching of blacks in America.

Matthew Herrmann and two juveniles were charged with attacking an African-American high school student.

They put a noose around the teen's neck and threatened to kill him, according to prosecutors.

Herrmann struck an unusual deal with prosecutors and plead guilty to misdemeanor battery.

A judge determined the attack was not racially motivated but personal.

Herrmann was also sentenced to two years of probation.