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Texan sentenced to 25 years for virus-era attack on Asians

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A Texas man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for attacking an Asian family in 2020 because he thought they were Chinese and therefore responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, according to federal court records

Jose Gomez III, 21, of Midland, Texas, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to three counts of committing a hate crime.

When pleading guilty in March, Gomez admitted that he used a knife to slash Bawi Cung and his 6- and 2-year-old sons inside a Sam’s Club in Midland because he believed they were Chinese and spreading the coronavirus. Bawi Cung is from Myanmar.

The March 2020 attack occurred as Asians faced verbal harassment and physical assaults across the United States after the virus began spreading nationwide.

Gomez did not know the family when he followed them inside the store, federal authorities said in a statement. He followed them for several minutes because he perceived them to be a “threat” because they were “from the country who started spreading that disease around,” according to the statement.

Gomez then purchased a serrated steak knife and slashed the three before a Sam's Club employee intervened, stopping the attack as Gomez yelled “Get out of America,” prosecutors said.

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One less loon off the streets. Maybe he can do some reading in the clink and learn something.

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Good riddance, go to jail !!..

Why there are so many people who do not tolerate those who are different, especially in medievally conservative religious places??...

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Good riddance, go to jail !!..

Why there are so many people who do not tolerate those who are different, especially in medievally conservative religious places??...

If you look at the attacks on Asians in the United States overwhelmingly, they’re usually not conservatives or even white. But the bad thing about all this is, the fact that the media is very, very quiet about that serious fact.

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The media was not quiet about this case. Americans killing Americans happens every single day across the country.

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The media was not quiet about this case.

I wasn’t talking about this particular case, I was talking about in general.

Americans killing Americans happens every single day across the country.

This is what happens when you defund the police and limit their actions and have DAs that refuse to prosecute and keep criminals behind bars.

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This is what happens when you defund the police and limit their actions and have DAs that refuse to prosecute and keep criminals behind bars.

Does not explain away the mass shootings in places where the cops were not defunded or the DA did not refuse to prosecute like in Texas. Or the 4,000 serial killers roaming the streets of the US.

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American mass shootings and killings have been happening for many decades. More than 300 this year so far.

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Abunai America again.

It's like attacking Jose Gomez because of the Spanish inquisition.

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American mass shootings and killings have been happening for many decades. More than 300 this year so far.

Yes, and as long as the Dems run on defunding the police, restricting gun laws, no cash bail and refusing to prosecute criminals, expect the numbers to raise. This is the biggest reason the GOP is winning big, they’re running on stopping crime and the rule of law and wanting to hire more police, back them and take a zero tolerance approach to crime.

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Yes, and as long as the Dems run on defunding the police, restricting gun laws, no cash bail and refusing to prosecute criminals, expect the numbers to raise. This is the biggest reason the GOP is winning big, they’re running on stopping crime and the rule of law and wanting to hire more police, back them and take a zero tolerance approach to crime.

You keep posting the same comments. Mass shootings and killings never stopped when the GOP was in power. This isn't something new.

On this list of mass shootings, it goes back to the 1920s.

List_of_mass_shootings_in_the_United_States

The US has the highest prison pop in the world so jailing offenders does not work.

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Attacking small kids should have got him life without parole.

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