The Southie brothers accused of stomping and urinating on a sleeping homeless man were indicted on felony hate crime charges after it was determined that they attacked the man because they thought he was an immigrant.
Scott and Steve Leader were charged with civil rights violations while causing bodily harm, which carries a potential 10 year sentence in state prison, authorities said. They were also charged with assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
The brothers have been in custody since their arrest on Aug. 19. The brothers are said to have beaten a sleeping 58-year-old homeless man with a metal pole at the JFK/UMass T station and walked away laughing after urinating on him. The man was treated for a broken nose, serious bruising to the torso and other injuries.
Scott Leader allegedly made a series of incriminating statements, including that he and his brother “tuned up” an “illegal immigrant,” and that their actions were acceptable because the victim was homeless and Hispanic.
Police say he told them, “Donald Trump was right. All of these illegals need to be deported.”
When told of the assault, Trump told the Boston Globe: “It would be a shame . . . I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate."
The Boston Globe reported that Scott Leader spent a year locked up for a hate crime after he attacked a Moroccan man in Boston a few days after Sept. 11 in reaction to the terrorist attacks.
Steve Leader allegedly exposed his genitals to the troopers several times and urinated on the door and floor of the cell block. He allegedly stated that he would “kick the [expletive]” out of the troopers if he weren’t in the cell.
The defendants’ Superior Court arraignments have not yet been scheduled. Their next court date in Dorchester is Dec. 9.