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Vermont man placed on probation for hate crime

April 19, 2019

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to committing a hate crime against a transgender resident.

The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports 53-year-old Paul Andrew Eastman enter his plea on Wednesday to misdemeanor counts of aggravated disorderly conduct by using abusive obscene language to commit a hate crime and violating conditions of release. Eastman was given a suspended sentence of 20 to 360 days and placed on probation for a year.

Police say the victim filed a complaint at the police station in August stating that Eastman had been harassing him. The victim said they both lived in the same apartment building.

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