ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for assaulting an 83-year-old Somali man.
George Thompson was sentenced Tuesday on one count of violating a federal hate crimes act named after Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr., two well-known hate crime victims.READ MORE: House Ethics Committee Postpones Hearing On Complaint Against Rep. John Thompson
Thompson pleaded guilty in August. Court papers say the 64-year-old former employee of the Transportation Security Administration told the older man he was going to kill him and chased him into a Minneapolis street on May 4, 2010.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: 375 New Cases Reported, Positivity Rate At 2.2%
Thompson admitted targeting the victim because he believed the man was a Muslim Somali. During the assault, prosecutors say Thompson told the man to go back to Africa and yelled ethnic and religious slurs at him.MORE NEWS: Superior National Forest Bans All Fires, Expands Restrictions
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