TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A white Ohio man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime charge for beating a black stranger he and another white man saw on the street and beat because he was black.
Justice Department officials say 25-year-old Robert Paschalis pleaded guilty Tuesday in Toledo. Co-defendant Charles Butler pleaded guilty to the same charge Nov. 9
Paschalis said in his plea that he and Butler, also of Toledo, drove past the black man while he was unloading his truck in May and returned and attacked him, while yelling racial slurs.
Authorities say the victim's eye and eye socket bone were damaged. Police say two off-duty state troopers happened by and pulled the attackers away.
Authorities say Paschalis acknowledged in the plea that the beating occurred because the man is black.