☷Florida Man Charged with Hate Crimes Following Use of Vehicle in Racially Motivated Attack Against a Black Man Driving with His Family
U.S. Department of Justice ( By Press Release office)
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Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Civil Rights Division and U . S . Attorney Roger Handberg for the Middle District of Florida announced today that a federal grand jury in Tampa , Florida , returned a two - count indictment charging Jordan Patrick Leahy , 29 , with committing hate crimes for his racially - motivated attack on a Black man who was driving along a public road in Seminole , Florida . The indictment alleges that on Aug . 8 , 2021 , Leahy willfully intimidated and interfered with J . T . , and attempted to injure , intimidate and interfere with J . T . through the use of a dangerous weapon ( Leahy’s vehicle ) , because of J . T . ’s race and color , and because J . T . was traveling on a public road in Seminole , Florida . According to the indictment , J . T . ’s girlfriend and daughter were also in the car with J . T . when Leahy allegedly committed the attack . If convicted , Leahy faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison , three years of supervised release , and a fine of up to $250 , 000 . An indictment is merely an accusation , and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty . The case was investigated by the FBI , the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol . Assistant U . S . Attorney Carlton Gammons for the Middle District of Florida and Trial Attorneys David Reese and Laura - Kate Bernstein of the Civil Rights Division are prosecuting the case .
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