A Colorado man convicted of a federal hate crime for stabbing a black man in the neck in Oregon has been sentenced to federal prison.
Nolan Levi Strauss, 27, was sentenced on Thursday to 16 years in federal prison and five years of supervised release, according to the US Department of Justice.
On December 21, 2019, an Ontario, Ore., fast-food outlet was stabbed, without provocation and based solely on the victim’s race. According to prosecutors, shortly after the attack, Strauss told a restaurant employee that he had stabbed the victim “because he was black, and I don’t like black people.”
The victim, who was unbeknownst to Strauss, was at the restaurant under a job application. Strauss approached him from behind during the attack. He was arrested on the spot. The victim was taken to a hospital in Boise, Idaho for emergency surgery for two major neck wounds.
On September 17, 2020, a federal grand jury in Eugene returned a one count indictment accusing Strauss of a hate crime involving attempted murder. According to a news release, he accepted the charge on June 17.
Kristen Clark, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said in the release, “This defendant is being held responsible for his brutal and racially motivated assault against a black man committed because of the color of his skin. ” “Racially motivated attacks have no place in our society, and the Civil Rights Division will continue to strictly enforce federal laws prohibiting violence motivated by prejudice.”