Former St. Louis Officer Sentenced to Four Years In Prison for Beating Undercover Black Officer During 2017 Protests

A former St. Louis police officer has been sentenced to 52 months in prison, after four years after he beat a Black officer who was working undercover during a protest in 2017. Randy Hays, 34, was facing up to 10 years in prison for being apart in the beating of Detective Luther Hall, however, will serve four years in federal prison in addition to two years of probation. This comes after the prosecution and defense requested 70 and 36 months for the crime. In 2019 Hays pleaded guilty to a felony count of deprivation of civil rights under the color of law. He remained free pending his sentencing hearing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Costantin read a victim impact statement from Hall during the trial.

“On September 17, 2017, my career ended, and a long journey of pain, stress, heartbreak, betrayal, and mistrust began,” the statement said in part. “I also learned that my 22 years of dedicated service meant nothing to the SLMPD and the SLPOA except to falsify documents and reports, release false information to the media and diligently work to get out ahead of this.”

Hall explains about the “uneven days” he’s suffered since the incident, sharing about the symptoms he continues to experience.

“Since September 17, 2017, I have had 3 surgeries and multiple procedures to attempt to relieve the pain I feel every day. My doctors have advised me I will have to have additional surgeries in the future to address other injuries I sustained on September 17, 2017. The reality is I will live out the rest of my life in some degree of pain.”

On the day of the incident, Hall, a 22-year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department, was working undercover at a protest in response to the acquittal of former St. Louis Officer Jason Stockley, who had been charged with murdering Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. During the assault carried out by his co-workers, Hall was kicked in the face, which left him unable to eat.

Hall suffered a tailbone injury, according to court documents and  got a 2-centimeter laceration above his lip and had surgery to repair herniated disks in his neck and back. The city of St. Louis agreed to pay Hall $5 million earlier in 2021 to settle a lawsuit he filed against the city in 2019

In March, Steven Korte, who is still on the force, was found not guilty of all charges, and former Officer Christopher Myers was acquitted on one count of deprivation of rights. A jury couldn’t reach a verdict in the destruction of property charge against him. The jury also did not convict former officer Dustin Boone, who was charged with depriving Hall of his civil rights under the color of law along with aiding and abetting in the commission of a crime.

Former Officer Bailey Colletta pleaded guilty about two years ago in connection with the beating and was sentenced this week to three years of federal probation for lying to the FBI and a grand jury about what she saw during the incident .

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