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2 supremacists get 6 years in attack

October 23, 2008|H.G. Reza

Two self-proclaimed white supremacists were sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday for a hate crime attack that left a man unconscious and severely injured.

Ryan Joseph Swanson, 19, of Huntington Beach and Nicholas Tyler Gibbs, 20, of Anaheim pleaded guilty to felony counts of aggravated assault and vehicle theft and misdemeanor battery.

On May 26, the pair drove to a Seal Beach bar to help a female friend and her date, Ryan Honeycutt, start Honeycutt's car. The four stopped at a convenience store to buy beer and drove to the woman's house. Honeycutt, 24, explained that one of his parents is Latino. Swanson and Gibbs began hurling racial epithets at Honeycutt, and he got up to leave.

Outside the house, the two men attacked Honeycutt, who suffered a broken collarbone, a concussion and facial cuts.

Honeycutt's assailants also stole his car, wallet and cellphone.

-- H.G. Reza

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