Man Charged With Beating Elderly Fisherman Pleads Guilty

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — An elderly man was beaten only because of the color of his skin.

Suzanne Collins reports one teenager pleaded guilty to that hate crime Wednesday.

James Privott was kicked, punched and beaten with a wooden stick. The retired state worker was fishing at Fort Amistead Park in 2009 when an avowed white supremacist and two teens attacked him, shouting racial slurs as he tried to get in his truck.

“He was brutally and viciously attacked, solely because of the color of his skin, which the defendants have admitted to, and we will not tolerate that kind of conduct,” said state’s attorney Gregg Bernstein.

Zachary Watson admitted Wednesday he participated in the assault, taking the older man’s wallet and keys. Watson drove the victim’s Tahoe and they bought drugs with his money.

Privott had head injuries. His eye socket was fractured, his teeth were knocked out and his glasses were broken. He could barely see when he got up. He had to hobble for almost a mile to get help.

The other teen, Emmanuel Miller, is on probation now. Miller says the teens were scared of Calvin Lockner, who threatened them.

“The guy started to pack the stuff and Calvin just took off running after the man, beat the guy with the hammer and me and Zachary, we were sitting 20-25 feet away from it,” Miller said. “We didn’t know what to do.”

But Privott says all three beat him.

After pleading guilty, Watson was sentenced to 85 years but most is suspended. He will serve 10 years behind bars. Bernstein had argued for at least 15 years of incarceration.

Lockner is already serving 31 years for the hate crime.

Police tracked down the attackers using the stolen Tahoe’s LoJack system.

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  • annonomous

    I think that each person involved should have had to serve the same sentence. I can’t believe anyone would want to pick on an elderly person regardless if the person is black or white!

  • Kay Britt

    Is Emmanuel Miller, who was charged as a juvenile, free on the streets? He should be in be at a facility like Brook Lane in their youth program. Brook Lane Psychiatric Center is located in a nice rural area in Hagerstown, MD. It is an excellent treatment facility for troubled teens. Please make sure Emmanuel Miller gets treatment, so he is never involved in any crimes again.


    I can’t believe you people! It does not matter if he was black or white, an old man was beaten for no reason and all you can only talk about is “if he was white”. All of you – are going to “ROT IN HELL”

    • danny

      yeah if he was white in african americans did that they would of got away with it just like they did to my uncle in they got away with it of course,

  • annonomous 101

    no i do not hide behind a white sheet. Infact to inform you all my nother is white and my father is a black man. The only reason Zachary took the plea is because he felt like he was forced to. everytime he said no deal his case was put on hold. Calvin Lockner in the begining of all of this clearly said he did the beating and he did it alone. the fact of the matter is this. this kid got charged as he did but the black mother who murdered her baby and burried his body in druid hill park pleaded guilty and they gave her probation. that is what makes me mad

  • Whine whine

    Who put the article together, Suzanne Collins? Did he purchase or brought drugs with his money? Who’s money? Zach’s money? Mr. Privotts money?
    How bout we hammer the two kids and the white power ahole with a sledge hammer. Justice, should not come via lies. I trust the senior citizen, he has his butt wooped by goof balls. Why? Because he was black? Why fight a defenseless old timer? Afraid to take your white power to the ghetto and tustle with L’darius? Asians rule, all you simpletons drool.

    Peace out

  • Herman Glimsher

    It’s true that only white people are charged with HATE crimes, but in this case I think all 3 should’ve been sentenced to 31 years in jail. There’s no excuse for what they did to that man. I hope he is recovering OK from his injuries!!!

  • Herman Glimsher

    Kay Britt-

    Come back to reality………”get treatment in a nice place where birds are singing and there’s a nice view of the mountains so he won’t commit any more crimes”??????!!!!!!!!
    What have you been smoking?????

  • urnotfunny

    Poor man was defenseless against them, uncalled for. Glad he has recovered and is doing much better.

  • Common Sense

    The reason caucasians are charged with hate crimes more often is because they have historically and continue to attack individuals because of their race specifically unlike minoritie who do not. Man education is imperative.

  • urnotfunny

    Kay Britt – Anybody who would beat an old man like that needs to be locked away, and anybody who stands by and watches needs the same. You sound like all of the other bleeders on here with your “get treatment” mentality. There is no treatment for some people. I think we’ve seen plenty cases in the last few weeks that speak for themselves. Some people are simply evil and these thugs fall into that category. They offend over and over. Reality bites sometimes!

  • barnyard

    All three should go to jail.

  • zeph

    Anyone & everyone can be a racist (and often is), unfortunately. This problem is worse than it was 20 yrs ago.
    I say, take these p.o.s., put them with the dog & cat burners, beat the hell out of them with a ballpeen hammer and then light them on fire to see how it feels.
    Send a message already.

  • Heather

    I’m White, And I just think this is horrible, they should get life in prison or death pentalty. black white spanish whatever,……eye for an eye…….if they could do this to another human being they should have the same done to them.

  • Brittany

    I agree with Amanda 100%

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