RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A guilty verdict in the racially charged beating of a man. It took about 10 to 15 minutes for the jury to make their decision Thursday night.
They found brothers Todd and David Landeck guilty of aggravated malicious wounding and suggested they should be sentenced to 20 years behind bars.
"This is Virginia," said beating victim, Arthur Faison. "A lot of people don't see it like that. It's a lot of hate going on around here you know? People like to turn their head to it."
Faison described the horrific beating he suffered at the hands of the Landeck brothers back on New Years Day. They yelled out racial slurs while beating him with wood. Witnesses in court remembered watching the incident with their own eyes in a Carytown alley.
"I thought that they were going to kill this man," said eyewitness, Kelley Davis. "The police just couldn't get there soon enough as far as I was concerned."
Twenty years was the minimum sentence the pair could have received. Arthur wanted the jury to know how this event has severely changed his life.
"It messed me up a little mentally, physically you know?" said Faison."A lot of white friends that I have I don't talk to anymore. I don't even walk the streets. I walk the alleys."
The defendants had nothing to say to reporters after the jury read their verdict. They avoided our cameras as they left the courthouse.