LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles man, Mario Williams, 32, 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.”
Defendant 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 issued a stay away order from the victim, the witness in the case, as well as the Chinatown library.
On Aug. 7, 2013, Williams approached the victim, a stranger standing at a bus stop near Vermont and Santa Monica Boulevard, and threatened to hit him while using 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 left the scene. A few hours later, the witness observed Williams at the Chinatown library and called the police. While being taken into custody, Williams threatened to take retaliation against the witness.
Deputy City Attorney Chadd Kim successfully prosecuted the case.