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Man pleads guilty to hate crime

December 01, 2007|Nardine Saad

A white supremacist parolee has pleaded guilty to committing a hate crime by kicking an African American bouncer at a Huntington Beach bar.

Raymond Walter Thomas, 35, of Placentia, who had been on parole for car theft, was sentenced to two years in state prison for felony battery, authorities said Friday.

Police have not released the name of the victim, who suffered minor scrapes in the incident.

Thomas kicked the bouncer as he attempted to break up a fight outside the Surf City Saloon, prosecutors said.

The bouncer had fallen, and Thomas and his friends continued kicking him while yelling "white power" and other racial slurs, prosecutors said.

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-- Nardine Saad

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