Earlier this year Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, pleaded guilty to slapping a crying black baby on a plane. Yesterday, Hundley was sentenced to 8 months in federal prison.
Jessica Bennett and her son Jonah, who was 19-months-old at the time, were seated next to Hundley. During the flight, Jonah began to cry. Hundley told Bennett to “shut that ni**er baby up,” the slapped the child, leaving behind a scratch on the baby’s eye.
Prosecutors had recommended six months in prison. The judge said he imposed a higher sentence in part because of Hundley’s criminal history, which includes a prior assault.
Hundley’s lawyer objected to the deviation from the recommendation in the plea agreement and said after the hearing that she believes the sentence is disproportionate.
I can only imagine how this conversation will end.
White man enters his prison cell and sees his black cell mate.
Black Guy: What are you in for?
White Guy: I slapped a black baby.
Insert awkward silence.