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Two Men Get 3 Years in Prison for Beating Sikh in Richmond Hate Crime

Two Men Get 3 Years in Prison for Beating Sikh in Richmond Hate Crime

- KQED News
Two men pleaded no contest to felony assault charges with hate crime enhancements Thursday for beating a Sikh man in Richmond last September. Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Patricia Scanlon sentenced each to three years in prison.
Colton Leblanc and Chase Little, both from Texas, beat Maan Singh Khalsa through the window of his car at a stoplight in Richmond, knocking off his turban and cutting off a fistful of his hair.
Khalsa suffered an injured eye, damage to his teeth...

Two Men Plead No Contest to Hate-Crime Charges, Sentenced to Prison for Attacking Sikh Man in Richmond

Two Men Plead No Contest to Hate-Crime Charges, Sentenced to Prison for Attacking Sikh Man in Richmond

- NBC Bay Area
Two Texas men on Thursday pleaded no contest to hate-crime charges that stemmed from them beating a Sikh man in the Bay Area last year.
Colton LeBlanc, 25, and Chase Little, 31, were sentenced to prison for three years apiece. The pair were former contractors at the Chevron Richmond Refinery.
Investigators say they viciously attacked Maan Singh Khalsa at a Richmond stop light in September. 
The Texas men's attorneys downplayed the attack.
"I don't think he's...

The Neverending Trial of James Benno and Sons

The Neverending Trial of James Benno and Sons

- aNewsCafe.com
On a sunny Saturday afternoon in an undisclosed Redding location, James Benno was choosing his words very carefully. Who can blame him? I’m asking him questions about concentrated cannabis, and just two days earlier, the Shasta County District Attorney’s office had announced it intends to retry Benno and his adult sons, Jacob and Logan, on one felony count each of manufacturing concentrated cannabis.
That’s worth a maximum seven years in the county jail, according to the...

Benno trio back in court after split jury during trial

Benno and sons acquitted on all but two counts

Benno and sons acquitted on all but two counts

- Record Searchlight
A Shasta County jury acquitted medical marijuana activist James Benno and his two sons Wednesday on all but two felony counts during their trial in Shasta County Superior Court, one of the three defense attorneys involved in the case said.
A mistrial was declared on those two concentrated marijuana-related counts, paving the way for a possible retrial on both of them.
Jurors, who began their deliberations late Tuesday morning, announced early Wednesday afternoon they were...

Benno family trial continues with new judge, no mistrial declared

Benno family trial continues with new judge, no mistrial declared

- KRCR ABC 7
In a turn of events since Monday, the Benno family marijuana and weapons trial was not declared a mistrial Tuesday morning. 
On Monday court officials believed that Judge Stephen Baker discovered some "undisclosed information" that forced him to recuse himself and that a mistrial would be declared. 
On Tuesday, Judge Baker did step down and assistant presiding Judge Dan Flynn stepped in, and no mistrial was declared. The proceedings will continue next...

Benno trial to carry on; mistrial averted

- Record Searchlight
A mistrial was averted in the Shasta County jury trial of medical marijuana activist James Benno and his two sons Tuesday after another Superior Court judge took over the case.
Superior Court Judge Dan Flynn assigned himself as the trial judge after Judge Stephen Baker disqualified himself from continuing to preside over the trial due to an apparent conflict.
In his written Friday order, Baker, who did not explain the reasons for his disqualification, said he would declare...

Benno trial hits roadblock; mistrial may be declared

Benno trial hits roadblock; mistrial may be declared

- Record Searchlight
A Shasta County Superior Court judge presiding over the criminal trial for outspoken medical marijuana activist James Benno and his two sons is expected to declare a mistrial Tuesday after issuing an order Friday afternoon disqualifying himself from the case.
In his order, Superior Court Judge Stephen Baker said he would declare the mistrial and the case would then he sent back to Superior Court Judge Dan Flynn for reassignment to another judge for re-trial.
His order caught the...

Ban on state aid to federal marijuana cops proposed

Ban on state aid to federal marijuana cops proposed

- Record Searchlight
Less than a week before the White House hinted at new operations targeting recreational marijuana Thursday afternoon, several California legislators have already submitted a bill to bar any state or local help to those operations.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's comments on Thursday that "greater enforcement" of federal marijuana laws against recreational marijuana with no elaboration shook the marijuana industry in California, which legalized recreational marijuana in...

Benno trial finally gets underway

Benno trial finally gets underway

- Record Searchlight
Nearly three years after their arrests on illegal marijuana cultivation and weapon charges, the criminal trial for outspoken medical marijuana activist James Benno and his two sons finally got underway Wednesday in Shasta County Superior Court.
During morning opening statements, Senior Deputy District Attorney Ben Hanna led jurors on a verbal tour of their three-bedroom home that was raided in May 2014, saying every room in the the Hopekay Lane house contained processed...

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