St. Patrick’s day assault suspects take plea deals, get no jail time

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The six people who assaulted a young black man on St. Patrick’s Day in 2016 will serve no time in jail.

Police said the suspects chased Patrick Myrick to ECU’s campus where they beat him after he allegedly hit a woman outside of Club 519.

Theresa Lee, Mark Privette, Chris Hill, Mack Humbles, Chase Montanye, and Jesse Wilbourn took plea deals Monday.

All six received a suspended sentence and probation for one year.

In addition, they must not go on or near ECU’s campus, take an anger management class and pay a restitution of nearly $600.

Myrick’s family said the punishment is not enough, and Patrick Myrick, who now lives in Florida, said he believes race was a factor in the assault.

“It was St. Patrick’s day on a Wednesday night,” said Myrick. “There was really no black people downtown so, I don’t know, I don’t want to just call somebody racist, but I do think race had a lot to do with it.”

Although the trial did not provide the outcome Myrick’s family wanted, he said he hopes people learn from the situation.

“I don’t want it to happen to anybody else,” Myrick said. “It may sound funny, but I just want everyone to get along.”

Myrick was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female.

Sgt. Ralph Whitehurst, the ECU police officer who responded to the incident, was later dismissed after the department said he did not properly handle the situation.



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