BRAINERD, Minn. (WCCO) – A man accused of assaulting a man at a Brainerd bar back in February because he is black pleaded guilty to first-degree assault on Tuesday in Crow Wing County Court.

Lucas Eastwood, 27, pleaded guilty to one felony count of first-degree assault. In exchange, charges for first-degree kidnapping, third-degree assault and assault motivated by racial bias were dismissed, according to court documents.

Eastwood and other man, 29-year-old Travis Campbell, were involved in a fight at Yesterday’s Gone Bar in Brainerd. According to a criminal complaint, Eastwood said he wanted to “beat up the black guy,” who was later identified as 53-year-old Willie Navy.

After the incident, police told Navy he was jumped at the bar because he is black. Staff at the bar also knew he was being targeted, according to the complaint.

Eastwood and Campbell were accused of punching Navy in the face and kicking him in the head. Navy lost vision in one eye as a result of the incident.

A sentencing date is pending for Eastwood. The presumptive sentence according to state guidelines is 86 months in prison, or more than seven years.

Comments (12)
  1. Erik says:

    I live in Brainerd. A lot of people can not understand why this was not charged as a hate crime ? Also this guys partner in this assualt got basically a slap on the hands for consequences. People up here were certainly wondering why ???

    1. Just Ice says:

      I’ll tell you why, Erik. It’s because your county attorney’s office is full of spine-less chickens (like most others are). They get kudos for the conviction, but most people forget about how many charges were dismissed. They should have thrown the book at these two; and they had the evidence to bury them. They didn’t want to charge them with the full boat, because then these guys would take it to trial. That would take more work. Lets just plead them out. Meanwhile, a person has lost the use of his eye for the rest of his life. Hats off to the Crow Wing County Atty office.

  2. Den Dover says:

    The number one question asken on the Dial Lawyers” phone bank for the Brainerd lakes area is “if I divorce my wife is she still my sister”…fact.

  3. Jamal Navy says:

    The group of Blacks that randomly geat up white families at the Wisconsin State Fair & the Iowa State Fair wre never even charged with any crime,much less a hate crime..Why??

    1. just sayin says:

      I consider this par for the course. I am happy it wasn’t a hate crime…

  4. Wow says:

    1st off how is this even a crime, 2nd 7years for kicking someones rearend? Yet i can get drunk and hit you with my car and serve 4 or less.

  5. Anonymous Coward says:

    The accomplice to this crime probably had the money for a better attorney or maybe his crime was not putting a stop to the assault. If someone I knew were about to do something that idiotic I would do my best to stop it.

    Jamal does make an interesting point.

    As a mostly Caucasian male who lives and travels in diverse areas I can say that I have been targeted because of my race many times. A couple physical assaults, but mostly just taunts, threats, and being called “white boy”, (which is meant as a diminutive).

    Racism seems to be quite prevalent in the black community. Strangely I don’t come across very many racist whites.

    1. Dale Gribble says:

      Racism doesn’t even exist. Lazy, ignorant, criminal minorities use it as an excuse for their failures!

  6. Gonna getit says:

    The guy with the goatee is going to have fun in Stillwater. I remember when we had one like him 4 years ago. He’s passed on now. Poor dude,

  7. Kevin says:

    My hero…..good whoopin!

  8. joe says:

    Awesome – good for them!

  9. David says:

    I’m waiting for someone to try me. I’m up north in the woods alll the time

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