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Huntington Beach man sentenced to four years in prison for hate crime beating

A Huntington Beach man will serve four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a hate crime, in which he beat a white man he believed to be in a relationship with a black woman, authorities said Monday.

The incident began Sept. 1 about 3:30 p.m. when John Keihl DeLoach, 20, saw a 22-year-old black woman -- whom authorities have not named to protect her privacy -- through the store window of the Beach Place Market in Huntington Beach, officials said.

DeLoach, who is white, drove his 2001 black Lincoln sedan up to the store and turned up the volume on his radio, which was playing music with anti-black lyrics, said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office.

DeLoach was visiting a friend at an apartment complex when he came across the same woman about 9:40 p.m. as she was walking with a 26-year-old white friend, whose name also was withheld for privacy, Emami said.

The two victims were not in a relationship, she said.

DeLoach and an unknown man confronted the pair, yelled racial slurs and told them interracial relationships were wrong, Emami said.

When the male victim stepped in between DeLoach and the woman, DeLoach punched him in the face and kicked him twice in the back. The man suffered a concussion.

Both assailants fled the scene, but DeLoach was arrested Oct. 1. Authorities were still trying to find the other attacker.

DeLoach pleaded guilty to one felony count of hate crime battery causing injury and one felony count of hate crime assault causing injury. He was being held at the Orange County Jail, awaiting transfer to state prison, Emami said.

-- Stephen Ceasar

Comments () | Archives (7)

I am a Caucasian man with an Asian wife, and I have in the past also dated Latinas and African American women. And while I have had my share of ugly stares from disapproving people, no one has ever been stupid enough to get directly in my face and spew their hatred. Could be because I'm 6'3, 245lbs.,or maybe people are finally joining the 21rst century.

Nope, racism doesn't exist. That's all in the past. Blacks should get over it. (Sarcasm)

Four years doesn't seem like enough for this crime. Besides, he'll just be a hero to the Aryan Brotherhood in prison and come out even more hardened.

BTW, so long as humans exist, there will always be at least a sliver of the population which is racist, whether the perpetrators be white, black, latino, asian or whatever else you can imagine. Racism is not the exclusive property of whites; never has been and never will be. Don't forget that in this case, a white male came to the defense of a black woman and was the target of a beating by his "fellow" whites.

This is just dumb. If you don't like it, ignore it. If I were to feel that two people would not be together, who am I to say anything about it.

I totally applaud him for doing so and hope he made a full recovery.

My point is when someone or people suggest a suspicion of racism, the norm now is to totally disregard the notion like it doesn't exist People are quick now to say that they're "sick and tired" of people "playing the race card". All I am saying is that it still exists for some, and it's still too early to dismiss such claims.

Thanks for making white people look like stupid lowlife uneducated trailer trash.

For those who are oblivious...Huntington Beach is is not much different than Mississippi in the 1960's when it comes to racial diversity. I am a white man who happened to be raised by a Black woman, I moved to Huntington Beach when I relocated to California a few years ago and was disgusted by the racist attitudes of everyone I came in contact with in that city. It's unbelievable that these attitudes still exists in this day and age but it's very much alive.


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