- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A federal jury has convicted a man of a hate crime in the beating of a black man at a Dubuque bar.

The Telegraph Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1PGaI4Q ) jurors in federal court in Cedar Rapids deliberated a little more than three hours Wednesday before finding 40-year-old Randy J. Metcalf guilty of committing a hate crime.

Metcalf is charged in the January 2015 beating of 31-year-old Lamarr Sandridge at the Northside Bar in Dubuque. Surveillance video from the bar shows Metcalf kicking and stomping on Sandridge’s head, even while he lay motionless on the floor.

Prosecutors said the beating was racially motivated. Metcalf’s attorney didn’t deny he beat Sandridge but argued that race wasn’t a factor in the dispute.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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