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Judge orders local man to write reports about religion

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BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) -

A Mid-Michigan man who authorities say attacked two men because he believed they were Muslims has been ordered to write a report on the history of Hinduism.

Bay County Circuit Judge Joseph Sheeran on Monday sentenced 26-year-old Delane Bell to two years of probation, with the condition he write the 10-page report.

Sheeran says the men who were attacked are Hindus and Bell needs to educate himself. MLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/VCcxGA) Bell says he takes "full responsibility."

The Bangor Township man pleaded no contest in March to ethnic intimidation in the November attack. Authorities say he yelled "jihad" and "Osama bin Laden."

A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing. The judge earlier ordered Bell to write 10 pages about accomplishments of Muslims.

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