Five Indiana men, all members of an anti-racist group, will serve between 3½ and 6 years in prison after striking plea deals for their roles in an armed attack on a group of white supremacists last May in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park.
The guilty pleas came Friday on the eve of a trial for Alex Stuck, John S. Tucker and brothers Dylan, Cody and Jason Sutherlin, all members of the anti-racist group Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The five, all from Bloomington, were charged with 37 counts, including armed violence, after they confronted a group of white supremacists who were holding a gathering May 19 at a Tinley Park restaurant.
The Sutherlin brothers claimed they planned a “peaceful protest,” but security video showed as many as 18 men entering Ashford House restaurant, some wearing masks and carrying batons and clubs, the newspaper reported. A melee broke out among the two groups within minutes, injuring some of the white supremacists and several bystanders.
Jason Sutherlin received a 6-year sentence. Dylan and Cody Sutherlin were sentenced to 5 years each, and Stuck and Tucker each received 3½ years, the newspaper reported.