Thursday, January 19, 2017
The family of a gay, black student beaten to near-death by a band of Hasidic neighborhood watchmen will have to wait two more months to see their son's lead attacker face his fate.
Mayer Herskovic, a member of the ultra-orthodox watchdog group, is batting "serious" medical issues and will have to undergo at least one surgery before he learns his sentence, his attorney said.
"My client is suffering from a serious medical issue that requires medical attention," lawyer Stuart Slotnick said, calling the diagnosis a "recent development."
Slotnick declined to comment on the precise nature of Herskovic's illness, only saying it was a "personal matter."
The 24-year-old was convicted in Sept. 2016 of second-degree assault for taking part in the vicious group attack on Taj Patterson, who was left blinded.
The father-of-two has been out on $50,000 bail since he was found guilty.
Herkosvic faces up to 15 years in prison when he returns to court on March 16.
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