Jeremy Evans Campbell, 33, was sentenced March 7 to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty in February to a racist attack on a black man at a Longview bar and to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to deliver.
Campbell was arrested in October on suspicion of beating an African-American man and calling him the n-word at Hung Far Low in Longview. He was also originally charged with second-degree assault.
In his guilty plea, Campbell wrote: “I intentionally punched him in the face and he was knocked unconscious and went to the hospital. ...I admit that I inflicted substantial bodily injury in doing so and could be convicted of Assault 2. I plead now to Malicious Harassment. ...in order to get the benefit of the bargain and lower the sentencing range.”
The charge specifically states Campbell “maliciously and intentionally cause(d) physical injury to another person based on perception of that person’s race.”