Alaska YouTube Hate Crime Sentencing
Two Anchorage residents have been sentenced for the harassment and threatening of an Alaska Native man on the streets of Anchorage in July of 2008.
Original article posted Sept. 9, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - In July 2008, two Anchorage residents harassed and threatened an Alaska Native man on the streets of Anchorage. They even went so far as to post the self-incriminating evidence on YouTube where the two admitted the attack was racially motivated.
Thursday, Robert Bruce Gum and Deanna Angelina Scaglione, also known as Deanna Powers, were sentenced to 20 months and 16 months in prison, respectively.
Scaglione and Gum verbally and physically threatened the Alaska Native man as they followed the Alaska Native man by vehicle and on foot. Together they threw eggs at him, threatened injury with a baseball bat and a gun and spewed racially charged remarks.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess called the nature of Gum and Scaglione's crime as "disturbing." Judge Burgess said their conduct was "offensive to the fundamental principles of our country" and was motivated by hate.
According to the Department of Justice, the Anchorage Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the conviction in this case.