Attack victim unhappy with prosecutors
STERLING – Benjamin Brainerd, a muscular former football player, admits he got into his share of fights years ago. The 28-year-old says he did so because people harassed him for being gay. Earlier this year, a father and son attacked Brainerd in a home in Sterling. Authorities charged the pair with aggravated battery and hate crimes, both felonies. It's rare someone is charged with hate crimes. In the past 6 years, no other local case involving such an offense could be found in Sauk Valley Media's archives.