A white man was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for a racially motivated assault against a black man.
Walter Dean, 30, who also goes by the name of Walter McNarney, pulled a knife on a black man who was accompanied by a white woman near a 7-Eleven store in Ocean Beach on April 28.
Dean, of San Diego, pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and to depriving the black man of his civil rights.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Luis Aragon said Dean was a member of a white supremacy group while he was in prison before. Two of his three previous convictions involved pulling a knife on someone, said Aragon. Dean was on parole when the attack occurred.