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NEW INFO: Man sentenced to life in prison after brutal 2013 attack

8 years 1 week 4 days ago Tuesday, May 10 2016 May 10, 2016 May 10, 2016 4:18 PM May 10, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE -A man responsible for a brutal racial attack of a family in 2013 has been sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday.

Donald Dickerson was found guilty of second degree battery in a brutal attack of a family at a gas station as they were on their way home from St. Francisville.

David Ray was brutally attacked and knocked unconscious. Ray testified Dickerson told him he was "in the wrong neighborhood and wouldn't make it out" when he attacked him. The case drew national attention for its racial implications, though the district attorney chose later not to file hate crime charges.

The hearing for the case started on Tuesday as the district attorney tried Dickerson as a habitual offender.

According to Hillar Moore, Dickerson has had four previous offenses of purse snatching, armed robbery, federal gun charge and felony sex offense.

After the sentencing, the judge told Dickerson that "this is the sentence you deserve." and "your actions leave a bad mark on our community, a good community."

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