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2 Men Sentenced for Kansas Hate Crime Attack

  • Associated Press

A photo provided by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office in Wichita, Kansas, shows Omar Cantero Martinez, who was sentenced, Feb. 22, 2017, to 26 months in jail for a hate crime attack.

Two Kansas men have been punished for their roles in a hate crime attack on three Somali men.

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Omar Cantero Martinez to 26 months. Armando Sotelo was given a time served sentence for the 20 months he has already been in jail.

A photo provided by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office in Wichita, Kan., shows Armando Sotelo, who was given a time-served sentence of 20 months for a hate crime attack, Feb. 22, 2017.

A photo provided by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office in Wichita, Kan., shows Armando Sotelo, who was given a time-served sentence of 20 months for a hate crime attack, Feb. 22, 2017.

Prosecutors say the two yelled racial and anti-Somali slurs at the men, who were sitting on a bench outside an African grocery store in Dodge City. They then attacked them.

Martinez used a broken glass bottle to stab one man and slash another man. A third injured man escaped to get help.

The men were tried last year on hate crimes charges, but the trial ended in a hung jury. They later pleaded guilty — Sotelo to one hate crime count and Martinez to one perjury count.

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