Man pleads guilty to hate crime

NORWICH – A man will spend weekends in jail after pleading guilty to a hate crime in Chenango County Court, on Friday.

Jacob Fowlston, 33, was originally arrested and charged with third-degree assault as a hate crime, a class E felony; and a second count of misdemeanor, third-degree assault, as a non-hate crime; and fourth-degree criminal mischief, after an attack on Norwich resident on Fair Street in Norwich, who is an African-American.

The Chenango County District Attorney's Office said, Fowlston attacked the victim on December 24 of last year, while yelling racial slurs and repeatedly striking him in the head which resulted in a concussion and bruising.

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