A Missouri man who was caught on film sucker-punching a 12-year-old boy who was dancing on the sidewalk last summer has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
Cedric Charles Moore Jr of Cape Girardeau pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on May 10, the Southeast Missourian reported last week. He changed his plea from earlier this month.
Moore is the 28-year-old man seen getting out of a black SUV near the intersection of Main Street and Independence Street in downtown Cape Girardeau one evening last July.
As Ethan Hagler dances on a sidewalk near his teacher, Michael Curry, and another boy, Moore quietly sneaks up behind him and winds up his right arm, delivering a blow to the child’s face.
Curry and another friend are seen chasing Moore as he rushed back to the waiting SUV which drove off.
In the video, Hagler is seen stumbling in an apparent daze after the sucker-punch.
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Hagler, who is a dancer at Fingerprint Dance Studio, suffered a bloody nose and a minor concussion. He was treated at the hospital and then released a short time later.
Curry told the Southeast Missourian that he is doing fine.
Video of the horrific assault went viral after it was posted online last summer.
The viral video shocked the internet and prompted Good Samaritans on Facebook to raise nearly $17,000 for the dance studio as well as any medical expenses that resulted from the assault.
‘And all of a sudden I see him punch my kid, and instantly, my first reaction is, “What? Why?”‘ Curry told KSDK-TV in the days after the attack.
‘You know, I tried to chase [Moore] back to the car. And as soon as I got the car, I saw there was two other people in the car.
‘So I had to think about my child. He’s laying on the ground.
‘And from there, it was a lot of people that came up to help, especially Shaker’s, the bar downtown that we usually set up in front of.’
This is an excerpt from the Daily Mail.
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