Three former San Jose State University students were sentenced Monday to probation and community service for misdemeanor battery against their roommate, whose neck was forced into a bike lock in 2013.
Logan Beaschler, 20, of Bakersfield, Joseph "Brett" Bomgardner, 21, of Clovis, and Colin Wyatt Warren, 20, of Woodacre, were roommates with Donald "DJ" Williams Jr. at an on-campus dormitory suite between August and October 2013.
The three men had forced a bike lock around Williams' neck twice and trapped him in a bathroom and bedroom, among other actions.
The defendants will serve two years of probation and 30 days in jail that can be served via a weekend work program in the respective counties where they live. The judge also ordered to 50 hours of community service with a nonprofit serving the African-American community, to complete a cultural competency class either on the African-American community or civil rights movement, and to pay $634 in restitution.
All three defendants have been banned from attending any University of California or California State University colleges.
Before imposing the sentence, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thang Nguyen Barrett told the defendants that the actions they took against Williams were no longer a prank, but a criminal act.
Last month, a jury convicted the trio of misdemeanor battery, but on the hate crime allegation, Bomgardner was found not guilty while a mistrial was declared for Beaschler and Warren.
Prosecutors last week announced they will not seek a retrial on the hate crime charges for Beaschler and Warren.
A $5 million civil lawsuit filed by Williams is still pending against the defendants and SJSU.