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Judge: Indictment Stands for Five Hasidic Men Accused of Gang Assault in Brooklyn

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A Brooklyn judge ruled Wednesday that an indictment stands for five Hasidic men accused of gang assault.

Prosecutors say the men chased down and surrounded Taj Patterson while he was walking in Williamsburg in December.

They say the group knocked Patterson to the ground, then punched and kicked him in the face.

Patterson lost his sight in one eye.

He appeared on NY1's Inside City Hall just a month after the attack.

At Wednesday's pre-trial hearing, Patterson's parents said they want the maximum penalty.

"Someone has to be accountable for that for that heinous act against my son, unjust act against my son," said Zahra Patterson, Taj Patterson's mother.

If convicted, the men could face up to 25 years in prison.

The family said they also filed a civil suit.

Taj Patterson was not in court.

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