Prosecutors charge man with hate crime in acid attack

Authorities say a white Wisconsin man asked a Hispanic man, ‘why did you invade my country?’ and threw acid on his face. A 61-year-old white man accused of throwing acid on a Hispanic man’s face in the state of Wisconsin will be charged with a hate crime, increasing the possible sentence he may receive if convicted, prosecutors announced on Wednesday. Prosecutors filed one charge against Clifton Blackwell – first-degree reckless injury – but added the sentencing enhancers of hate crime and use of a dangerous weapon. The two enhancers could…

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HOTTOPIC: New York inmate who died of heart attack was ‘beaten by guards’

Four inmates at the Great Meadow Correctional Facility say they saw John McMillon, 67, brutally beaten by guards. Inmates at an upstate New York prison are contradicting an official report that a fellow inmate, who would soon be eligible to be released on parole after spending 25 years behind bars, died of a heart attack in January while being restrained by guards. In a report published by the New York Times on Thursday, four inmates at the Great Meadow Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Comstock, told the paper they…

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Authorities seek death penalty in Pittsburgh synagogue attack

US prosecutors list substantial planning, the number of victims, and religious hostility motivation as justification. A man charged with killing 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue should face the death penalty if convicted, federal prosecutors said in a court filing on Monday. The United States Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against 46-year-old Robert Bowers in last year’s attack. The government filing said justification for a death sentence included allegations of substantial planning and premeditation, the vulnerability and number of victims, and…

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Alleged workplace attack threats prompt arrests in two US states

Authorities in California and Wisconsin arrest individuals who allegedly made threats to attack their workplaces. Authorities in the US states of California and Wisconsin have arrested two men with large caches of firearms who they accused of threatening to attack their workplaces, following a spate of recent mass shooting threats and three deadly attacks since July. In California, Long Beach police said they arrested Rodolfo Montoya, 37, on Tuesday, a day after he threatened to attack the hotel where he worked because he was upset over an employment-related issue. Police…

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Charlottesville: Neo-Nazi gets life in prison for 2017 car attack

James Alex Fields Jr killed Heather Heyer when he drove his car into counterprotesters at 2017 Unite the Right rally. The self-described neo-Nazi who killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer when he rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters after a 2017 white supremacist rally was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Friday. James Alex Fields Jr, 22, had pleaded guilty in March to federal hate crimes connected to the attack at the August 12, 2017, Unite the Right rally. In exchange, prosecutors dropped…

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