In September, after Sasha leaves for college, the district attorney’s office makes Richard an offer. If Richard accepts five years for assault, they will drop the mayhem charge and the hate-crime clauses. Du Bois thinks Richard should take it. Du Bois communicates very little with Jasmine, who still doesn’t know if Richard will be tried as an adult should the case go to trial, and Debbie is “frustrated.” She “just wants it to be done with.”
As Sasha leaves for college, they leave their attack behind as well, yet the justice system continues to belabor the incident. Five years in prison is a long time, but if Richard goes to trial and is tried as an adult, he stands to be sentenced to life in prison for hate-crimes.