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VANCOUVER: A Seattle man, who had assaulted a Sikh cab driver in October 2012, was on Tuesday jailed for 40 months on charges of racially-motivated hate crime.
Sentencing Jamie Larson, US District Court Judge John Coughenour ordered that the convict be under three years of supervised release after his jail term is over.
Larson, 50, will also have to pay a restitution to the victim. The amount is yet to be decided.
Calling the attack on the 51-year-old Sikh taxi driver “absolutely unacceptable,’’ the judge said, “Larson used the most disgusting, ugly and racist language that I have heard in 30 years on the bench.”
The Sikh cab driver was assaulted by Jamie Larson when he went to drop him at his home in Federal Way in October 2012. The police had requested the Sikh man to drive Larson home when they found him in drunken state at a Fred Meyer store.
On the way, Larson got abusive, called the turbaned Sikh driver `towel head’ and `Iranian’ and told him that he should not have come to America.
When the Sikh driver finally dropped him at his home in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, Larson assaulted him, punching him in the face and on shoulders, stomping on him and pulling his beard.
As he assaulted the Sikh driver, Larson kept yelling, “What are you doing here?” and “Why did you come to my country?”
A witness called 911. The Sikh cab driver was in a dazed state when the police came on the scene. As the cops handcuffed Larson, he called the driver a `towel head’, an `Iran’ and an `Iraqi rag head.’
According to cops, Larson was also saying, “We have Americans fighting overseas, and why doesn’t he (the Sikh driver) go back…’’
The victim, who suffered a broken tooth, injuries to his back and shoulder, and kidney failure because of the severe assault, was taken to hospital.
During the trial Larson admitted to the crime, saying that he thought the Sikh driver was a Muslim from the Middle East.