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Brothers Who Said Trump Inspired Them To Beat A Homeless Immigrant Plead Guilty

The brothers claimed to have been inspired by Donald Trump's views when they beat the Mexican immigrant in Boston.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:44 p.m. ET

Posted on May 16, 2016, at 9:12 p.m. ET

Via Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

Two brothers who claimed to have been inspired by Donald Trump's views on immigration pleaded guilty Monday to beating and urinating on a homeless Mexican immigrant in Boston.

The unprovoked attack in August left the 58-year-old man with a broken nose and bruises to his head and torso, Massachusetts state troopers said.

The brothers, Scott Leader, 38, and Steve Leader, 30, pleaded guilty to felony charges for assault and battery, intimidation, and civil rights violations, the Boston Globe reported.

Scott Leader was sentenced to three years and Steve Leader was sentenced to two years by a judge who called the attack "cowardly and despicable." Scott received a longer sentence because of his extensive criminal history, which includes two other unprovoked attacks on minorities.

The case drew attention after he told police it was OK to attack the man because he was Latino and homeless, the Boston Globe reported.

"Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported," Scott Leader told police.

Asked about the attack at the time, Trump — who is now the presumptive Republican presidential candidate — pointed out that many of his supporters are "very passionate."

"They love this country and they want this country to be great again," he said.

He later clarified on Twitter that he would "never condone violence."

Boston incident is terrible. We need energy and passion, but we must treat each other with respect. I would never condone violence.

The brothers said they encountered the man, who was sleeping on a bag, while walking home from a Red Sox game. After peeing on him, the brothers hit him multiple times with a metal pole.

"I cannot understand why they did this to me," the victim said in a statement. "I did not do anything to them and did not even know them."

The Leaders did not attend the court hearing, but the Boston Globe reported that their lawyers said they regret the inciden, which was fueled by alcohol.

The judge also ordered the brothers to attend diversity training and perform community service when they are released from prison.

The victim, meanwhile, said he still experiences chronic pain from the beating.

"I have heard that they did this because of political rhetoric," he said in his statement. "I came to this country many years ago and worked hard in the farm fields to provide produce to people here. I actually became a permanent resident of this country years ago."

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