The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has announced that Mario Williams, 32, of Los Angeles, has been convicted and sentenced to jail for a hate crime attack and for threatening a witness.
“We will not condone hate-filled violence,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said. “My office will aggressively investigate and prosecute hate crimes and bring justice to those who inflict fear on our neighborhoods.”
On Aug. 7, Williams approached the victim, a stranger standing at a bus stop near Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, and threatened to hit him. The suspect also used anti-gay slurs.
While the victim attempted to call 911, Williams hit him in the head, again using derogatory slurs. A witness saw the victim being assaulted and pulled him away before Williams got on a bus and fled the scene. A few hours later, the witness observed Williams at a library in Chinatown and called police. While being taken into custody, Williams threatened to retaliate against the witness.
Williams entered a no contest plea to one count of a hate crime and one count of making a threat of harm. Judge Mildred Escobido sentenced Williams to 60 days in jail, 36 months of probation, and ordered him to attend an anger management course. Williams was also ordered to stay away from the victim, the witness in the case, as well as the Chinatown library.
Deputy City Attorney Chadd Kim, of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, prosecuted the case.
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