A white Bay City man has been charged with committing a hate crime, accused of the racially motivated beating of a black man.
Twenty-four-year-old Justin Bouza was due in court Thursday for a preliminary examination to decide if he should stand trial on charges of ethnic intimidation and aggravated assault. The intimidation charge carries up to two years in prison.
Mlive.com (http://bit.ly/UMKHuT) reports that authorities say Bouza and a 21-year-old man attacked 26-year-old Jeremy Love about 2:45 a.m. on Aug. 12.
Police say they found Love lying on the ground, bleeding and groggy. He was treated for a concussion.
Witnesses say Bouza and his companion used racial slurs while punching and kicking Love on the ground.
Bouza was in jail Thursday, and there's no phone listing for him.
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