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Thu Feb 13, 2020, 12:14 AM

Michigan: Woman Gets Probation for Striking Black Man, Hurling Slurs



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A white woman who used racial slurs as she attacked a black car salesman at a western Michigan dealership has avoided jail, despite a tearful appeal from the victim for her to be given behind bars.

Judge Paul Sullivan on Tuesday sentenced Shelly Hueckel of Nashville, Michigan, to two years of probation. Hueckel was convicted in December of misdemeanor assault but cleared of ethnic intimidation, a felony.

Before the Kent County judge handed down Hueckel’s punishment, Terrence Smith tearfully asked that the maximum sentence be imposed. The misdemeanor conviction is punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

“I was ... assaulted for no reason and called a (N-word) over and over again at that point, it took every ounce of strength in me to restrain myself from defending myself, and I did it: I stood tall through an incredibly hard moment,” Smith recalled.

Hueckel allegedly struck Smith repeatedly, knocking off his glasses while shouting racial slurs. Hueckel apologized in court. If she violates the terms of her probation she could serve up to 45 days in jail.

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BigKahunna2.0 Feb 13 #1

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Thu Feb 13, 2020, 07:30 AM

1. I don't buy into the ethnic intimidation crap here but she did assault this guy.

She should have been charged and sentenced according to assault sentencing guidelines.

As much as I hate to see it this gentleman would have been within his rights if he hauled off and popped her in self defense.

She needs to learn to keep her hands to herself.

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