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2 sentenced in Iowa hate crimes case


DAVENPORT (AP)--Two people have been sentenced in a federal hate crimes case involving attacks on black patrons at an eastern Iowa bar.

During a hearing last week, a judge sentenced Jeffrey Lee to nearly four years in prison and Wendie Groen to nearly three years.

Prosecutors argued that Lee and Groen, and two other defendants, all from Kansas, violated the civil rights of the victims during December 2007 assaults at the Econolodge hotel in Muscatine. They were accused of shouting racial slurs as well as making references about the white supremacist group Aryan Nation during the attacks.

Lee pleaded guilty to two counts of interfering with federally protected facilities. Groen pleaded guilty to one count of the same charge.

Two other defendants have also pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing next month.

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