BRAINERD, Minn. (WCCO) – A 28-year-old Brainerd man was sentenced to more than eight years in prison Friday in connection with what was believed to be a racially-motivated assault at a Brainerd bar back in February.

Lucas Eastwood will serve 103 months, or about 8.5 years, with credit for time already served in connection with the incident. Eastwood pleaded guilty in September in Crow Wing County Court to one felony count of first-degree assault and in exchange had charges of third-degree kidnapping, third-degree assault and assault motivated by racial bias dismissed.

Eastwood and another man, 29-year-old Travis Campbell, were involved in a fight at Yesterday’s Gone Bar in February where a 58-year-old black man was assaulted. According to a criminal complaint, Eastwood said he wanted to “beat up the black guy,” who was later identified as Willie Navy.

The two men punched and kicked Navy in the head. Navy needed multiple surgeries after the incident and could ultimately lose vision in one eye.

The complaint states Navy was jumped because he is black and staff at the bar knew he was being targeted.

Comments (10)
  1. Donald says:

    So much for Minnesota Nice, and the end of racism brought on by Obama’s election.

    1. Hello! says:

      Who said that Obama’s election would end racism? Racism will exist as long as the human race does. It is a sad horrible thing, but true. There will always be people that think they are better than someone else based off of their race and skin color.

  2. Embarassed by them Up North says:

    With these 2 guys it didn’t matter what his color was, they were trouble. I’m just glad the little creeps are paying for it this time. Maybe some time spent in the “big house” will scare them.
    Especially when they are outnumbered and considered “cute” by fellow inmates.

  3. Nancy Aleshire says:

    Justice is served!!! AMEN to that!!!!!!!

  4. Russ says:

    CBS : Censored Broadcast Service

  5. Deep Stinker says:

    No, I actually hear a bango.

  6. Deb says:

    Stay on topic. I wonder if these two idiots reflect on how in that one night they threw their lives away! All because they are stupid drunks with ego issues. They got what they deserved and will get even more when in prison. What buffoons.

  7. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

    They think they’re real tough. Wait til they get to prison!

  8. Correctional Officer says:

    The guy on the left is dead man walking. That kitty will get him killed. They are waiting for him on C2. No joking.

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