BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – A man convicted of harassment in what Boulder police say was an alcohol-fueled hate crime has been sentenced to 20 days in jail and two years on probation.

The Daily Camera reports that 23-year-old Zachrey Harris was sentenced Friday for using racial slurs against a Nigerian college student last September. Prosecutors believe it’s the first time in Colorado that someone has been convicted of a bias-motivated crime based on words alone.

The maximum penalty was 18 months in jail.

Harris said during the hearing that he has apologized to Oluyibi Ogundipe and his friend, Ahmad Abdulkareem, who’s from Saudi Arabia.

Co-defendant Joseph Coy was convicted of a bias-motivated crime and second-degree assault in an attack on Ogundipe. He faces up to 16 years in prison when he’s sentenced June 27.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. logic101 says:

    If he was an accomplice in the assault, perhaps this was the only thing the prosecutor could charge him with….

  2. orwell says:

    “bias motivated crime”? You mean thoughtcrime? Hopefully the Ministry of Love can turn this wayward soul around!

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