US man gets 3 years’ jail for assaulting Sikh taxi driver

Larson reportedly struck the driver in the face and shoulder many times before pushing him to the ground.

Written by PTI | New York | Published: December 12, 2013 2:10:00 am

A Seattle man has been sentenced to over three years in prison and ordered to pay damages for brutally assaulting a Sikh taxi driver last year in a racially-motivated hate crime.

Jamie Larson was sentenced on Tuesday by US District Court Judge John Coughenour to 40 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Larson also owes restitution to the Sikh taxi driver,who hails from India,the Justice Department said. Coughenour said the sentence should send the message that this kind of conduct “is absolutely unacceptable.” Larson reportedly struck the driver in the face and shoulder many times before pushing him to the ground. Larson then repeatedly stomped the Sikh man in his stomach,calling him a “raghead” and a “towelhead.” He also screamed to the victim,“what are you doing here?” and “why did you come to my country?”

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