An Alsip man who helped put a noose around an African-American teen was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday and will have to write a paper on the history of lynching of African-Americans in the United States as part of his punishment.
Matthew Herrmann, 19, must also read his paper at a "peace circle," a process where offenders meet victims and community members in an effort to resolve issues between them, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's office. ...
... With two other white teens, then aged 16 and 17 -- Herrmann attacked 17-year-old Joshua Merritt inside the Beverly home of a state's attorney's office employee.
Officials said the group was unhappy that Merritt was friends with the 16-year-old's female cousin. ...
I'm not sure what happens at the "peace circle'. It may do him more good than a fine and incarceration. IMO