MAN FACES ONE YEAR IN JAIL FOR HATE CRIME
- MAN FACES ONE YEAR IN JAIL FOR HATE CRIME
BRIAN M. SCHLETER, Maryland Gazette, 11/30/02
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
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
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