SPOKANE VALLEY (AP) — Deputies are investigating a possible hate crime at a Spokane Valley coffee stand where a fire was set and a spray-painted message said, “Go back to China.” The owners of the Coffee Break stand came to work Tuesday morning and smelled gasoline and saw the red paint in the parking lot. The…More
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A Federal Way man was sentenced this morning in U.S. District Court to 40 months in prison for viciously beating a Sikh cab driver while making racist statements about Muslims.
Jamie Larson, who turned 50 on Sunday, was originally charged with malicious harassment in King County Superior Court, but the case was turned over to federal prosecutors in March because the federal hate crime law carries a longer possible sentence of up to 10 years.
“I want to apologize to (the victim) and his family,” Larson told U.S. District Judge John Coughenour. “I am ashamed of what I did. I hope they can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”
Larson pleaded guilty in June to hate crime, but he claimed he remembered nothing of the incident because he had blacked out from drinking when he attacked the 50-year-old cab driver because he mistakenly believed he was Muslim. The driver is an immigrant from India and not a Muslim.More
C’mon, he’s my brother … Two brothers who happened to be burglars and have pleaded guilty to several break-ins have indicated they want to be imprisoned together. The Spokesman Review story doesn’t say why they want to be in the slammer together, but can it be for any good reason? Just saying. Some things…More
A 49-year-old Federal Way man pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to a hate-crime for a drunken assault on a Sikh cab driver last October. According to the documents filed in U.S. District Court, Jamie Larson said the attack was partly motivated by the driver’s turban. Larson had taken the cab to a Federal Way address…More
Sunny through at least Saturday: Enough said? Hate crime charges in Capitol Hill beating: Five men, none of whom have ties to Seattle, were charged with hate crimes by King County prosecutors. The men are accused of yelling racial and homophobic slurs at a 20-year-old man and then beating him with their fists, feet…More
A federal grand jury in Seattle has indicted a 49-year-old man for committing a hate crime in connection with the attack on a Sikh man last year. Jamie W. Larson appeared Tuesday before a U.S. magistrate judge after his arrest by the FBI, where he pleaded not guilty. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted under…More
An alleged white supremacist accused of joining her boyfriend in a multi-state crime spree that left four people dead will be returned to Oregon to face federal racketeering charges. Holly Ann Grigsby, 25, appeared this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle and agreed to be transferred to Portland where she is under federal indictment. Grigsby and…More
The Associated Press and Times staff PORTLAND– A couple accused in a three-state killing spree last fall, including the slayings of an Everett couple, now face federal hate crime charges alleging they killed four people as part of a white supremacist campaign. Amanda Marshall, the U.S. attorney for Oregon, said Friday that a federal grand jury has…More
Seattle Police Tuesday evening arrested a man who allegedly vandalized a Muslim community center in West Seattle because he “hates Muslims,” according to the department’s online blotter. Two city maintenance workers who heard $3,000 worth of windows being shattered helped officers track down the man. One followed the man after he walked away from the…More