2 White Men Convicted Of Hate Crime For Beating Black Man In Walmart

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A federal jury has found two men guilty of committing a hate crime for beating a black man outside a Nampa Wal-Mart last year.

Michael Bullard and Richard Armstrong both face up to 20 years in prison when they are sentenced Oct. 19. Jennifer Hartpence was also accused in the hate crime, but the charges against her were dismissed before the case went to the jury on Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors said that the defendants, who are all white, plotted an attack against Raylen Smith, then 24, after encountering him in the aisles of Wal-Mart. They beat him in the parking lot until he blacked out.

A fourth man accused in the attack, James D. Whitewater, pleaded guilty before the case went to trial.

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