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Mistrial Declared In Sacramento Hate Crimes Case

Jim Burroway

June 20th, 2008

Satendar SinghA mistrial has been declared in the misdemeanor hate crimes trial of Aleksandr Shevchenko, who was charged with disturbing the peace and simple assault for throwing a bottle in a fight that led to Satendar Singh’s death in Sacramento. Satendar died after being punched by Shevchenko’s friend, Andrey Vusik, who has since left the country.

Shevchenko was convicted by a Sacramento jury of the two misdemeanor charges, but the jury was deadlocked on the hate crime allegation after four days of deliberation. It’s unclear whether the District Attorney’s Office will seek a new trial on the hate crime enhancement.

Shevchenko faces up to nine months for the two misdemeanor convictions. Satendar however will still be dead for a very long time.

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John
June 20th, 2008 | LINK

I wonder if Shevchenko could be eligible to be deported after completing his sentence.

Oakland753
June 21st, 2008 | LINK

Who was in the picture? The dead man or the convicted? I enjoy this blog but some additional proofing of copy such a spelling, naming who exactly is in a photo, etc. would definitely be beneficial to making this site more legitimate.

werdna
June 21st, 2008 | LINK

That’s Satender Singh in the picture.

I think BTB is pretty solidly “legitimate” but I agree that it would be nice to know whose picture we’re looking at! Sure you can click through to the linked story to figure it out (as I just did), but it certainly makes sense to identify the pictures you use in items here.

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