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Federal judge upholds Iowa man’s hate crime conviction
By AP
Published April 27, 2016

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A federal judge has rejected a man’s request for a new trial after he was convicted of a hate crime in the beating of a black man at a Dubuque bar.

The Telegraph Herald reports U.S. District Judge Linda Reade on Wednesday denied 40-year-old Randy Metcalf’s motion seeking acquittal and a new trial.

Jurors in federal court found Metcalf guilty of committing a hate crime in March. He filed the motion April 13 claiming there wasn’t enough evidence to support the verdict.

Metcalf was charged in the January 2015 beating of 31-year-old Lamarr Sandridge at the Northside Bar in Dubuque. Surveillance video from the bar shows Metcalf kicking and stomping on Sandridge’s head, even while he lay motionless on the floor.

Prosecutors said the beating was racially motivated.

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