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Published on February 22, 2024
Portland Man Sentenced to 3 Years for Bias Assault on Food Cart Owner, Ordered to Attend Anti-Bias TrainingSource: Portland Police

A Portland man was handed a three-year prison sentence after assaulting a food cart owner last year, according to officials. Daniel Thomas Warren, 40, attacked the proprietor of LoRell’s Chicken Shack with racial slurs and physical blows on June 15, KTVL reported. Warren faced a Multnomah County courtroom where he was convicted of third-degree assault.

As part of a plea deal, Warren was also expected to completely fulfill a series of anti-bias programs including implicit bias training and community service. He is to also participate in three Race Talks PDX events, as detailed by the KATU report. The judge ordered that a review will be set after 30 months to assess compliance with these mandates.

The attack, which occurred near Southeast 52nd Avenue and Foster Road, saw Warren repeatedly punching the owner until they were on the ground. This escalation of violence served as a stark reminder of the persisting racial tensions that reverberate through our towns and cities.

During the hearing, the victim's spouse, Marshnique Preston, read a poignant statement on behalf of her husband, Darell Preston. Should he successfully meet the requirements, Warren's bias crime charge will be effectively erased, as KOIN disclosed. Failure to adhere to the terms will, however, net Warren a presumptive 25 to 30-month prison stint.

The sentencing reflects a judicial attempt to not only penalize hate-fueled violence but to also rehabilitate and educate those who harbor such biases. The required community engagement and training efforts aim to forge understanding and curtail the ignorance that can too often lead to urge into committing such crimes.