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BETHEL PARK, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania man who admitted violating the federal hate crimes law when he used anti-Muslim slurs and broke the jaw of another man while drunk at a restaurant has been spared a prison term.

A federal judge instead sentenced Jeffrey Burgess to three years of probation and four months of home confinement on Friday. The 55-year-old Bethel Park man will also have to pay his victim restitution, but that amount hasn’t been determined.

jeffrey burgess Bethel Park Man Sentenced To Probation, Home Confinement For Hate Crime Attack

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Burgess had pleaded guilty late last year as part of a deal with prosecutors. His lawyer has said Burgess’ alcoholism contributed to the November 2016 attack.

Authorities say Burgess began insulting a man sitting next to him at the restaurant and repeatedly punched him in an unprovoked attack. The victim, who is not Muslim, suffered a broken jaw, a head injury and lost a tooth.

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