Man pleads guilty to hate crime in stabbing of Black man

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Posted at 12:29 PM, Jun 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-18 14:29:24-04

EUGENE, Ore. — A Colorado man accused of stabbing another man in a racist attack at an Oregon truck stop has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime.

The U.S. Attorney's Office District of Oregon says Nolan Levi Strauss pleaded guilty Thursday to a hate crime involving an attempt to kill. Court documents say on Dec. 21, 2019, a man was sitting in a booth at an Arby's restaurant in Ontario, Oregon, when Strauss approached the man from behind and stabbed him twice in the neck.

Documents say he told a worker afterward that he doesn't like Black people. Documents say the man was flown to Idaho for emergency surgery.