Two Ogle County Men Face Hate Crime Charges in Death of Teen

Two Ogle County Men Face Hate Crime Charges in Death of Teen

Prosecutors allege both men started fight at underage drinking party which led to teen's death.
OREGON -- Hate crime charges have been brought against two young men who police say attacked two black men from Rockford at an underage drinking party, a fight which left an Oregon teen dead.

Matthew Steder (ages not provided) faces 3 counts of committing a hate crime, 2 counts of battery and 1 count of aggravated battery. Justin Coltrain is charged with 1 count each of committing a hate crime and battery.

The fight happened at the underage drinking party at a home on August 10th, and eventually spilled out into the neighborhood.  The victim, 18-year-old Jonathan Williams, was believed to be chasing one of the Rockford men when that man turned and hit Williams in self-defense.  Williams struck his head, was carried back into the house where laid for several hours before anyone called for help.  He would later die from his injuries.

"The death of a man so young is a tragedy", stated Ogle County State’s Attorney Mike Rock in a news release. "Jonathan’s death was preventable and the direct result of the actions of individuals at the party who started the fight, and other individuals who failed to get Mr. Williams medical attention that likely would have saved his life."

Neither Rockford man will be charged because prosecutors believe they were targeted because they are African-american, and were acting in self-defense.

Other charges include the following:
  • Brian Galor: Delivery of Alcohol to a Minor
  • Maria Coleman: Reckless Conduct
  • Cody Munroe: Reckless Conduct
  • Cameron Clark: Reckless Conduct
  • Kylie Heck: Reckless Conduct
  • Two juveniles will also be charged with crimes, but their names are not being released.
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