Second of four men charged with racially motivated hate crime pleads guilty | USAO-WDWA

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Seattle – The second of four defendants pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to a federal hate crime and made false statements in connection with a racially motivated assault on December 8, 2018, the prosecutor announced American Nick Brown. Jason DeSimas, 45, of Tacoma, Wash., is one of four men from across the Pacific Northwest prosecuted for punching and kicking a black man and making derogatory comments about his real race and collected in a bar in Lynnwood, Washington. U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones has scheduled sentencing for July 8, 2022.

According to the plea deal, DeSimas was a potential member of a group of white supremacists who were traveling to the Seattle area to celebrate a known white supremacist who was killed in a confrontation with police in the 1980s. DeSimas had discussed the use of “mutual combat” against members of groups he opposed like Antifa and Black Lives Matter. DeSimas believed that he and his band could walk into bars and initiate fights, so the rest of the band members could join in. In the early morning hours of December 8, 2018, the men went to the bar in Lynnwood, Washington. and assaulted a black man who worked as a DJ. The group also assaulted two other men who came to the aid of the DJ. The assailants shouted racial slurs and gave Nazi salutes before and during the assault.

In addition to the hate crime, DeSimas admits to making false statements to the FBI while investigating the case. Jason DeSimas falsely claimed that neither he nor anyone else used a racial slur during the assault. In fact, DeSimas now admits he repeatedly used a racial slur before, during and after the assault.

Under the terms of the plea deal, both sides will recommend a 37-month prison sentence. U.S. District Judge Richard Jones is not bound by the recommendation. The ultimate sentence will be determined by Judge Jones after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

Daniel Delbert Dorson, 24, of Corvallis, Oregon, pleaded guilty in the case and is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 19, 2022. Jason Stanley, 44, of Boise, Idaho and Randy Smith, 39, of Eugene, Oregon , are also charged in the case and are in custody awaiting trial.

The hate crime charge carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. The charge of false statements carries a maximum sentence of five years.

This matter was investigated by the FBI, with the assistance of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Rebecca S. Cohen and Ye-Ting Woo and General Counsel Christine M. Siscaretti of the Justice Department‘s Civil Rights Division.

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