The three students -- Logan Beaschler, 18, of Bakersfield; Joseph Bomgardner, 19, of Clovis; and Colin Warren, 18, of Woodacre -- are charged with misdemeanor hate crime and battery, the Santa Clara district attorney's office said. The defendants face a maximum sentence of one year in county jail if convicted, prosecutors said.
The 17-year-old roommate who was the alleged victim wasn't named by prosecutors. He suffered a minor injury when he fought off the bike lock around his neck, prosecutors said.
As a family, we are deeply disturbed by the horrific behaviors that have taken place against our son. Our immediate focus is his protection. We have taken a stand on this matter. Our response prompted the community to be alerted of the appalling conduct of the students involved. We appreciate the outpouring of support from our family, community and the efforts put forth by the Black Student Union of San Jose State University. We are hopeful the District Attorney's office will take the necessary measures to ensure justice will prevail for our son. Due to the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation, we are requesting privacy. To protect his identity and not complicate the investigation, no further comments will be made at this time.After this blows over, Kanye West has a bit more explaining to do. The Yeezus MC has been peddling Confederate flag shirts in support his latest tour. Check out the gallery to see members of the student body and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity raise the awareness of the situation. Together they stand, divided they fix it. --
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