Alleged Neo-Nazi Behind ‘Clockwork’ Attack Won’t Serve Jail Time
John Young, the 25-year-old DC native who was responsible for viciously beating two Columbia students outside Clockwork back in February won’t do any time behind bars.
The alleged neo-nazi, who is a member of skinhead faction 211 Crew (aka 211 Bootboys), apparently struck a plea deal for mental health treatment and ten days of community service. According to Gothamist, charges have been lessened to misdemeanor assault and menacing.
Prior to this reprieve, Young faced two felony assault charges, as well as weapons possession charges – the felony counts each carrying a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. A judge can still revoke this lightened sentence, though, if he doesn’t abide by the conditions.
As previously reported, on February 11, a group of guys associated with the white supremacist gang, 211 Crew, were at Clockwork for a deejayed afterparty. They apparently weren’t thrilled that one of the two victims – both Columbia graduate students – had an anti-fascism sticker on his cell phone. The device was “forcibly removed,” and the brothers were threatened with a knife. The victims were then “punched and kicked in the head repeatedly,” Police also found brass knuckles at the scene.
Young was the only suspect arrested in connection with the beatings. Following the attack, he told detectives that the Columbia students picked a fight by yelling, “You don’t belong here. This is our bar,” and then swung at one of Young’s friends.
“The other male punched me in the eye and when he did that I threw him into the trash, then they ran away,” Young said, according to detectives’ account. “I went back into the bar and then at some point the police came in.”