Man accused of racist attack sentenced to mental health counseling, probation – The Register

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PORTLAND — A 35-year-old man accused of a racist attack on a woman has been sentenced to mental health counseling and two years of probation.

Joseph Leineweber spent a month in jail after the April attack in Portland and will serve no additional time as part of a plea agreement, The Oregonian/­OregonLive reported.

Prosecutors placed great weight on a forensic psychologist’s report that Leineweber’s tirade was driven by mental illness rather than deeply rooted racism, Senior Deputy District Attorney Brian Davidson said.

Leineweber originally faced hate crime charges and a string of other counts. But he pleaded guilty to first-­degree criminal mischief and menacing. He is accused of calling the woman a “dirty Mexican” and yelling “America deserves better” after jumping onto the hood of her car, authorities said.

The victim, 42-year-old Concepcion Salazar, said she remains deeply shaken by the attack.

“What he did is not right, just because of the color of my skin,” she said. “People need to know it’s not right. … I think we’re all the same. We’re all humans.”

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