SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A former Draper resident has been charged with a hate crime after prosecutors say he assaulted his neighbor.
Mark Porter, 58, is accused of “using force and the threat of force to injure intimidate and interfere with an African-American man because of his race after moving in nearby.”
The indictment returned by a federal grand jury Wednesday was unsealed Friday morning.
The indictment alleges Porter shouted racial slurs at the victim and his 7-year-old son and then struck the victim with a stun cane. The FBI says Porter was charged under the Federal Fair Housing Act. The president of the local chapter of the NAACP supports the decision.
“We try to eradicate these kids of federal hate crimes, determined you cannot prohibit somebody from their right to housing any kind of housing because of their race, sexual preference, religion or any of those protective associations. In this case it was because of the victim's race,” said Daniel Brady, with the FBI.
“To have a US Attorney like John Huber to say that these types of things will not be tolerated in our state, and then he made sure that's he's prosecuting him. So that makes a huge difference,” said Jeanetta Williams, president of the NAACP Salt Lake Branch.
Porter was arrested in Arizona and had his first appearance before a court in Yuma Friday afternoon. If convicted, Porter faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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