Lee Maout's sentencing is the result of a plea deal his attorney's sorted out with the DOJ which guaranteed a five-year sentence instead of the maximum of 10 years if he confessed to the crime.

White supremacist Lee Mouat pleaded guilty to beating Devin Freelon Jr., a Black 18-year-old, in his mouth with a bicycle lock stemming from a racist encounter at a Michigan beach last June.

This year has been marked by a global pandemic, but another public health crisis has also been growing behind the scenes: people being charged with racially motivated and hate crimes.