Mar 11, 2014 5:00 PM
A Marysville man pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges in Sacramento today. Anthony Merrell Tyler, 33, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Tyler’s co-defendants, Billy James Hammett, 30, and Perry Sylvester Jackson, 28, pleaded guilty to the same offense on December 17, 2013.
On April 18, 2011, an African-American woman and a white male drove into a parking lot of a convenience store in Marysville when Jackson called the man a “n----- lover” and punched him twice in the head, according to court documents. Hammett then reportedly approached the driver’s side window and kicked the African-American woman in the chest. Tyler, smashed the car windshield with a crowbar.
The attack to which the men pled guilty to was a violation of the Shepherd-Byrd Act which criminalizes certain acts of physical violence causing bodily injury motivated by a person’s race, color, origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability, the Department of Justice stated in its press release.
The investigation into the incident was led by the FBI and prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and Trial Attorney Chiraag Bains.
Tyler will be sentenced July 8, 2014.
Hammett is scheduled to be sentenced on March 25, 2014 and Jackson has requested a sentencing date of April 22, 2014. Both Hammett and Jackson, like Tyler, face 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.