By Christina Carrega, CNN
The Justice Department announced Friday that a hate crime re-offender has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for an unprovoked knife attack on a black California man.
Ole Hougen, 45, was convicted in April of confronting a 29-year-old black man with racial slurs and slashing him 20 times in the head and chest with a knife. 9 inches long while the man was trying to cross the street. in Santa Cruz, according to the news.
Prosecutors said Hougen was on probation at the time of the September 2020 attacks. He does not contest state charges stemming from an assault in 2018 involving another Black man. This latest release is Hougen’s fourth racially motivated attack on Black men in the past seven years, according to the news release.
Hougen’s case represents the first conviction and sentencing in the Northern District of California under the Hate Crime Prevention Act of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. was issued in 2009. Hougen was sentenced to 82 months in prison and three years of supervision after serving his prison term. .
Hougen’s sentence came after a FBI report that hate crimes have risen to a 12-year high, especially against those believed to be Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
It also comes a day after researchers from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) released the first dataset of a national sample of hate crimes perpetrators with data from 1990 to 2018 compiled called the Biased Events and Actors Study (BIAS). That data revealed Over the course of 18 years, hate crime attacks against Blacks have remained above 40%, according to the NIJ report.
The BIAS study – which reports the general characteristics of nearly 1000 individuals charged with and prosecuted for hate crimes – also found that just over 18% of the subjects analyzed had been charged or convicted of multiple crimes. hateful names like Hougen.
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