TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Two white Ohio men have been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to a federal hate crime charge for beating a black stranger they attacked because he was black.
Authorities say the beating left the man’s eye and eye socket bone damaged
A federal judge in Toledo on Wednesday sentenced Charles Butler Jr. to seven years in prison and Robert Paschalis to two years.
Messages were left for their attorneys.
Paschalis said he and Butler drove past the black man while he was unloading his truck in Toledo last May and returned and attacked him while yelling racial slurs.
Authorities say Butler later wrote on social media the attack was “in the name of the white race.”
Police say two off-duty state troopers happened by and pulled the attackers away.
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