Men in Florida accused of federal hate crimes in a violent attack on black man

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Two Florida men were charged Friday with federal hate crimes in the violent attack and throwing out racial slander against a black man in November last year.

Roy Lashley, 55, and Robert Lashley, 52, were indicted by a grand jury, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a Friday press release.

This combination of photos provided by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office shows Roy Lashley, 55, left, and Robert Lashley, 52.

This combination of photos provided by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office shows Roy Lashley, 55, left, and Robert Lashley, 52.
(Citrus County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

The couple had already been charged with assault and violence under state law for the November 17 attack on the black man in the parking lot of a Family Dollar store in Citrus County.

The victim – identified only by the initials DB – said he was walking away from the Family Dollar store when someone started shouting racial difficulties, according to arrest records. Investigators said Robert Lashley ran towards DB and started punching him in the face.

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Roy Lashley has since reportedly beaten DB several times with an ax handle as he lay on the ground. Roy Lashley also came into a confrontation with the arrest of deputies, leading to charges of opposing law enforcement, arrest records say.

Federal court records did not list a lawyer for any of the men. It was not clear how or if they are related.

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If convicted, each of Lashley faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison, a three-year suspended release and a $ 250,000 fine.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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