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January 21, 2011 at 2:10 PM

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Man sentenced to prison for hate-crime beating of teen

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Christine Clarridge:

A 22-year-old man who pleaded guilty to attacking a 16-year-old West Seattle boy because the victim was white was sentenced Friday afternoon to five years and nine months in prison by King County Superior Court Judge Carol Schapira.

Ahmed Mohamed, 22, pleaded guilty in December to first-degree robbery and to malicious harassment, the state's hate crime statute. He said that he and co-defendant, Jonathan Baquiring, 21, attacked Shane McClellan "because he was a different race than we are."

Mohamed is black and Baquiring is Asian, according to court documents.

Baquiring has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go to trial on Feb. 22.

McClellan was walking home from a friend's house around 2 a.m. on May 25 when he was approached by the two men near the 7700 block of 14th Avenue Southwest. The two men asked the teen for a light and then assaulted him, according to court doucuments. Over a four-hour period, court documents allege, McClellan was beaten with his own belt, burned with cigarettes, urinated on, punched, kicked, robbed and taunted.

His attackers told him he was targeted because "the white man had kept them down," according to court documents.

Judge Schapira said it was clear from the court paperwork in the Mohamed case that the assault had been "something very hateful, something very humiliating."

To read more about the case, click here.

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