Once facing hate crime charge, 3 get probation

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Three white men who originally faced ethnic intimidation charges on accusations they used racial slurs while attacking a black man with fists and a brick have pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a deal with suburban Detroit prosecutors.

Twenty-five-year-old Stephen Harris of Farmington Hills says he was attacked April 11, 2011, outside a friend's house in Oakland County's West Bloomfield Township.

On May 3, District Judge Marc Barron dismissed the ethnic intimidation charge against the West Bloomfield men based on inconsistent testimony. Their trial on aggravated assault charges was under way Tuesday when they entered guilty pleas to disorderly conduct.

Twenty-one-year-olds Savio Yaldo and Fariss Shayota and Shayota's 29-year-old brother Naseem are sentenced to a year's probation, four days' community service and anger management class.

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