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Pee Dee man sentenced for 2010 hate crime

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Chase McClary, 23 (Source: Florence County Detention Center) Chase McClary, 23 (Source: Florence County Detention Center)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - After pleading guilty in connection a hate crime committed in 2010, a Johnsonville man is facing a prison sentence.

Chase McClary, 24, of Johnsonville, admitted during his guilty plea that in August 2010, he approached a black male, 16-year-old Matthew Shepard-James Byrd Jr., and struck him numerous times with the jagged end of a broken coffee mug because of his race.

The attack left Byrd with severe injuries to his head, face, and neck, according to an FBI report.

McClary stood in federal court on Tuesday, Nov. 13 and was sentenced to spend four years in prison, followed by three years' supervised release, for his racially motivated attack of the African-American teenager.

"Motivated by hate, the defendant attacked a teenager and scarred him for life. No one should have to endure such an abhorrent act of criminal violence," said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney for the Civil Rights Division. "The Justice Department will vigorously prosecute cases of bias motivated violence to the full extent of the law."

"Prosecution of hate-based crime, whether the motive is the color of skin, sexual orientation, religion, gender, or national origin is critical to the American way of life and the justice system," said U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles for the District of South Carolina. "I want to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florence County Sheriff's Office and Ed Clements, the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor, for their work on this civil rights case."

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