Man sentenced to nine months in federal prison for hate crime


(KUTV) - Mark Porter, 59, was sentenced to nine months in a federal prison on Thursday.

Porter was found guilty of committing a federal hate crime when he used a stun device during a racially-motivated assault of a neighbor at his apartment complex.

“Porter’s violent conduct, motivated by his intolerance of another race, is an egregious crime that will not be tolerated by this Justice Department,” Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division said in a press release. “We will continue to protect the civil rights of all individuals and vigorously prosecute hate crime cases.”

Officials believe Porter used force and threats in hopes to injure, intimidate and interfere with his neighbor because of his race and occupancy in a nearby apartment.

“There is no place in Utah for race-motivated hatred and violence,” U.S. Attorney John W. Huber said in a press release. “All families deserve the opportunity to live peaceably in their homes where they may pursue happiness in safe environments. The jury in this case spoke on behalf of our Utah communities and definitively stated that this criminal conduct will not be tolerated.”

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