A Florida man was convicted today of a federal hate crime for attacking a Black man and his family during a road rage incident.
According to court documents, a jury in Tampa convicted Jordan Patrick Leahy, 29, of interfering with a motorist’s right to use the street for racially-motivated reason.
The incident happened Aug. 8, 2021, when Leahy pulled up next to Black man who was with his 4-year-old daughter and girlfriend. Prosecutors said Leahy made hand gestures pretending to shoot and swerved his vehicle into the man’s lane in an attempt to run the family’s car off of the road. Leahy chased the family and sideswiped their vehicle, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Leahy fled the scene after sideswiping the vehicle but stopped at a red light. Prosecutors said the victim drove up behind Leahy’s vehicle, Leahy got out of his vehicle ran up to the man yelling racial slurs, and made a Nazi salute before punching the victim, according to the news release.
The victim subdued Leahy until sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene.
Prosecutors said Leahy made racially-motivated comments.
Leahy also told authorities he wanted to shoot 60 to 70 people, which him to being charged with threatening to commit a mass shooting, as well as felony battery and DUI, according to the news release.
“Across America, families must be able to freely travel our public streets without fear of being attacked because of race,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke. “”his verdict should send a strong message that the Department of Justice remains firmly committed to prosecuting, to the fullest extent of the law, those who would use violence to enforce heinous racist beliefs.”
Leahy faces a up to 10 years prison and up to $250,000 in fines. His sentencing date has not been set.
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