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    MAN FACES ONE YEAR IN JAIL FOR HATE CRIME BRIAN M. SCHLETER, Maryland Gazette, 11/30/02 http://hometownannapolis.com/gazette_top.html A Baltimore man will
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      MAN FACES ONE YEAR IN JAIL FOR HATE CRIME
      BRIAN M. SCHLETER, Maryland Gazette, 11/30/02
      http://hometownannapolis.com/gazette_top.html

      A Baltimore man will spend a year in jail for verbally and
      physically assaulting two Middle Eastern men working at a Glen
      Burnie gas station.

      Dennis O. Coe, 33, insisted he was not a racist, but pleaded guilty
      Tuesday to a charge of engaging in a religious or ethnic hate crime,
      a misdemeanor. In exchange, prosecutors dropped assault charges that
      carry potentially stiffer sentences. "That was the most descriptive
      of the crime he committed," said Assistant State's Attorney Laura
      Kiessling.

      She heads a special unit started in August 2001 that prosecutes hate
      crimes and assists police with their investigations.

      "This is an issue that needs to be punished because of the
      significance of the crime," Circuit Court Judge David S. Bruce
      said. "It just can't be tolerated."

      By all accounts, Mr. Coe was extremely intoxicated on July 30 when
      he went into the Shell station at 501 S. Crain Highway and started
      throwing merchandise.

      He made numerous racial slurs about the men's ethnic background and
      blamed them for the deaths in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. He
      punched one man in the face and swung at the other, who was
      shielding his 6-year-old daughter, Ms. Kiessling said.

      The incident so traumatized the young girl that her father sold the
      gas stationÂ…

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