RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two Hanover County brothers convicted of a brutal beating had their sentences reduced today. The attack was caught on camera in Richmond's Fan District on New Year's Day 2010.
Todd and Christopher Landeck were facing 20 years in prison.
In a rare move, the judge lowered the jury's recommended sentence from 20 years to 10 years. He said he did so, based on a note from jurors during sentencing that indicated the jury believed 20 years was too much.
Ten years each... for David Landeck, 48, and his brother Todd Landeck, 38.
Pictures taken by a witness of the brothers show them wielding a wood board. The more than 6 foot, 200 pound brothers beat 5'4, 130 pound Arthur Faison over and over again.
The woman behind the camera said the beating was horrific.
It began on South Davis Street as an argument, when Faison bumped into the brothers on his way to work. Racial slurs were exchanged. Faison says he grabbed a board to defend himself and hit Todd Landeck in the face.
Faison doesn't remember much else. His head was cracked open, his arm broken beyond repair.
Rachel: "Is it fair? Ten years? Do you think that was fair for the beating you took that day?"
Arthur Faison: "Nah. I don't think so. Because if... if the shoe was on the other foot and I would have did that to them I would have got that whole 20 straight off the bat, that whole 20 would have been right in my pocket right now. I would have been on my way to DOC."
The judge said Faison was not without fault during the incident, but also, did not deserve what he got.
Defense attorneys argued for a mistrial because of comments made during closing arguments comparing Richmond to Selma, Alabama, when race relations were much different. But the judge says he doesn't believe the jury was influenced by the comment.
Both brothers were taken into custody immediately and again, they are serving 10 years in prison. Their attorneys said they will appeal the verdicts.