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Michigan man pleads guilty to smashing teen's face with bike lock because he was Black

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Lee James Mouat Jr.

DETROIT – Nine months after a Black teenager had his teeth smashed out at a Michigan beach, the man who pummeled his face with a bike chain admitted in federal court that his actions were about hate, attacking the teen because of his race.

Lee Mouat, 43, of Newport, Michigan, faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to willfully causing bodily injury to an 18-year-old because of the teen’s race. He entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Stephen J. Murphy, III.

The incident happened at Sterling State Park in Monroe, where Mouat confronted a group of Black teenagers, including the victim, Devin Freelon Jr., 18.

Court records show that before Mouat pulled out the bike chain, he told Freelon that Blacks weren’t welcome at the beach and that Black lives don’t matter.

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