|Screenshot of police photos of Tinley Park terrorists|
-- Top Row, left to right: Cody Sutherlin, Jason Sutherlin and Dylan Sutherlin, all brothers
-- Bottom Row, left to right: Alex Robert Stuck and John Steve Tucker
While it was severely watered down, the victims of the Anti-Racist Action (ARA) terrorist attack upon white racialists meeting at the Ashford House Restaurant in Tinley Park, IL, on May 19th, 2012 did receive some measure of justice on January 4th, 2013. The five perpetrators accepted a plea deal and were sentenced.
Against the advice of their attorneys who believed they could win at trial, the perpetrators, after plea deal negotiations dating back to October, pleaded guilty to three counts of armed violence Friday in a Bridgeview courtroom. Judge Carmen K. Aguilar handed down the sentences in the attack in which the five men, who were part of a group of an estimated 18 antifa, stormed the restaurant wearing masks, hoods and gloves with axes and metal batons to assault their victims. In exchange for their pleas, more serious charges of mob action, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property were dropped. The defendants and their sentences, according to the Tinley Park Patch:
-- Cody Sutherlin, 23 - five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections
-- Dylan Sutherlin, 20 - five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections
-- Jason Sutherlin, 33 - six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections
-- John Tucker, 26 - 42 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections
-- Alex Stuck, 22 - 42 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections
All five men have been in custody since the May 19th incident and will receive credit for 233 days time served and will have to pay $587 in court costs. They will also be on parole for two years upon release from prison. With good behavior, they will be eligible for parole after serving 50 percent of their time.
Reaction: Defense attorneys were generally disappointed in the clients' willingness to accept plea deals and praised their clients for their anti-racist activism. Attorney Sara Garber, who represented Alex Stuck, even went so far as to smear the victims, saying "All the Nazis at the restaurant have records, with violent felony backgrounds. They had weapons, guns in their cars." First, the victims weren't "Nazis", and second, only two were established to have criminal records. Furthermore, one of those two, Steven Speers, was considered a possible ARA mole. Brian Barrido, attorney for Dylan Sutherlin, claimed the prosecution was politically motivated, saying that one of the victims injured in the attack was reportedly the brother of a longstanding Cook County official.
One person, Harry Callahan, posted a comment to the Patch claiming that the five assailants had ties to the Occupy movement. "This group has ties to the Occupy group which were in town protesting in Chicago the same W/E they did their attack,and the Occupy group was supported by the Democratic Party and obama,even ms pelosi when to bat for them when they were protesting elsewhere when the police were to harsh on them.= a national news press conference.I happen to be scanning that Saturday when all this took place,and not to much later the TPPD. contacted the FBI WHY? on a disturbance in a local eatery,this incident goes a lot deeper than we are being told".
Efforts to find the remaining 13 perpetrators quickly fizzled after the attack. However, it's believed authorities were satisfied merely with finding five of them. One Stormfront member wrote "They were the sacrificial lambs. If they hadn't been caught at/near the scene by the police the investigators would never have attempted to catch them. They could easily have arrested the others. We've seen this before. If a White guy punches a mulatto in a bar and it's found out that he went to a Klan or Nazi rally 15 years ago then they are investigating every White in those groups. These jokers had enough evidence from their facebook accounts to link them to the others but made no efforts". But in general, Stormfronters were pleased that at least some justice was done. Posters on White News Now expressed similar sentiments.