A Florida man pleaded guilty Monday to a federal hate offense against a Black shopper in a Family Dollar. “If we don’t do anything about them, they will take over the world,”According to court documents.
Roy Lamar Lashley (55), admitted that he and Robert Dewayne Lashley (52), attacked and beat D.B. On Nov. 17, 2021, he used an axe handle
According to The facts supporting the pleaTo point out his brother, the defendant used a racial insult to call out the victim at a cash register in the Family Dollar store.
Lashley stated that this was an accurate account of his actions.
“There, defendant Roy Lashley asked the clerk if she saw D.B. push him as he walked through the door. The clerk replied ‘no,’ prompting defendant Roy Lashley to again say that D.B. pushed him, again using racial slurs and saying the victim needed to be taught a lesson,”According to the plea deal, first Obtained by Law and Crime.
“Surveillance video does not show D.B. push or otherwise contact defendant Roy Lashley as they passed one another. The clerk and store manager admonished co-defendants Robert and Roy Lashley for using racial slurs inside the store,”The facts of the plea agreement were stated.
Roy Lashley acknowledged that he followed his brother and attacked the victim. Roy Lashley said he attacked the man with an axe handle and his brother hit him with his fists, authorities said.
According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Roy Lashley followed the victim into the parking lot and got an axe handle from the bed of his truck before striking the victim multiple times with it.
According to the plea agreement, D.B. D.B. raised his arms in self-defense and blocked the blows with his arms.
According to news reports, the victims were subjected to racial slurs by the Lashley siblings before, during, and after the attack. The victim sustained severe injuries to his face, legs, and inside of his mouth.
Roy Lashley confessed that he told his deputies after being arrested. “If we don’t do anything about them, they will take over the world,”He used racial slurs and continued to do so on the spot. He also stated to deputies that they only arrested him because he’s white.
According to the Department of Justice Roy Lashley pleaded guilty Oct. 17 to violating the Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
Robert Lashley pleaded guilty to his part in the hate crime on October 4. Sentencencing is scheduled for January 19, 2023.
“The defendant in this case deliberately and brutally attacked the victim because of his race,”Roger Handberg, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, stated in an Statement. “There is no place in our country for this type of abhorrent behavior, and we will prosecute those who commit these heinous crimes to the fullest extent of the law.”