Teenager Accused of Tying a Noose Around a Latino Teen’s Neck Sentenced to Ten Days in Jail

An Ohio teen accused of dragging a Latino young man in a parking lot with a noose last year has been sentenced to 10 days in jail.

The 18-year-old pleaded no contest to ethnic intimidation in juvenile court Wednesday after dropping his original plea of not guilty. A charge of aggravated menacing was also dropped.

Robert Cantu, 17, says a group of teenagers tied a noose around his neck and dragged him from a sidewalk to a parking lot while shouting racist slurs. He says a bystander intervened before the teens were able to follow through on their threat to hang him.

Cantu’s family is now planning to sue the city of Mount Vernon, Ohio.