Feds Indict Charles Cannon, Three Others on Hate-Crime Charge for Bus-Stop Beating

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Charles Cannon's Facebook profile at the time of arrest.
A federal grand jury has indicted four men in the beating of a black man at a Houston bus stop in August.

Charles Cannon, 26; Michael McLaughlin, 40; Brian Kerstetter, 32; and Joseph Staggs, 49, were indicted on one charge each of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which became law in 2009 and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

"It is alleged that at least one of the defendants used racial slurs and all four defendants surrounded and attacked the victim by punching and kicking him about the face, head and body. Three defendants had tattoos known to reflect an affiliation with white supremacist gangs," the Department of Justice said in a statement this morning.

At the time of their arrest, we outlined the criminal histories of the accused, including this:

At the time of the incident, Cannon was freshly released from a 30-day stay in Harris County Jail after being convicted of assault after a nasty incident this March. According to a police report, Cannon and his wife Maria Guadalupe Cannon and two friends randomly assaulted a couple who were enjoying a sunny afternoon on the banks of the San Jacinto River. For kicking a man who was wrestling a friend of his after that friend had picked a fight, Cannon was sentenced to a month in jail.

The indictment:

Indictment on Bus Stop



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11 comments
John
John

Well lets all hope he and his idiot friends get the max.

JohnWayne'sMangirdle
JohnWayne'sMangirdle

While this guy sounds like a piece of work and probably deserves whatever is handed down, I take issue with something other than the hate crime aspect of it.

I don't know specifically when we, as a country, started naming laws for victims of crimes and attaching mandatory/enhanced sentences them. Our prisons are bursting at the seams with drug possessors and other non-violent offenders. It would make it much easier to lock these kind of offenders away if we stopped incarcerating for small stuff. I realize that this is one of our nation's biggest job markets, but enough is enough. Katie's law, Jimmy's law, Lakessha's law...where does it end?

I know that it's easy to dismiss the guilty or alleged guilty with a "throw away the key" mentality, but we are really hitting our stride with this prison thing. Has anyone ever done a risk and benefit study on this?

Not you
Not you

How come white supremacist are so dumb? There are hundreds of ethnicities in the world.... get over it. Even you whites aren't the good whites. Nah mean.

Brymar7
Brymar7

Hate crime laws are anti-white. Plain and simple.

Exador3
Exador3

Meanwhile, all over America there are attacks every day, where a group of black or Latino men beat a white man, using racial slurs.  But THAT's not a hate crime, even when there's evidence that they chose their victim because of his skin color.

Guest
Guest

Ugh, this man, wife and their friends are all trash and deserve to rot in jail, the lot of them.

Rick and Alice
Rick and Alice

Why is it that everytime a racist is charged with a hate crime and they happen to be white, white people play the race card?  SMH, stop feeling sorry for yourselves white people, its showing

Antonius Block
Antonius Block

I didn't know they let Mongoloids wed, good for you two. You guys have a play-doh cake and a piñata? Derp, give yourselves an atta- girl/boy for the most worthless post in Internet history.

Guest
Guest

The same reason blacks play the race card for being called out on the smallest of infractions?

White people are feeling sorry for themselves? Hardly, people are starting to realize they can no longer deny that being white is dangerous.How many black thugs are out there assaulting whites in groups because we all know they're cowards when they're not in packs. It's only getting worse since Holder claimed that only blacks qualified when a hate crime was committed.

Jack
Jack

It's also much easier to be labeled as taking part in a hate crime when you have tattoos on your body that are known to be associated with white supremacist gangs...while you beating up someone of another race. It's sort of like wearing the evidence. The case against you is easier to prove.

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