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Brooklyn man sentenced in a hate crime for stabbing a Black woman

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A Brooklyn man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for a hate crime involving the stabbing of a 57-year-old Black woman, according to prosecutors.

(CNN)A Brooklyn man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for a hate crime involving the stabbing of a 57-year-old Black woman, according to prosecutors.

Aleksejs Saveljevs, 34, was sentenced after pleading guilty to first-degree attempted assault as a hate crime, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a release.

"This defendant viciously assaulted a fellow subway rider for no other reason than the color of her skin," Gonzalez said.

The victim was walking toward a subway station exit in 2018 when Saveljevs approached her from behind and stabbed her repeatedly in her shoulders and upper arms, according to authorities.

When a witness approached and asked what happened, Saveljevs responded with expletives about race, according to the witness.

Saveljevs also pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault for attacking a police officer and was sentenced to two to four years for that offense.

The officer, who was off-duty, was walking his dog when Saveljevs struck him with a sharp object, breaking his cheekbone, according to prosecutors.

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