The Associated Press reports that three reputed white supremacists were convicted Friday of attempted murder, assault and committing a hate crime for stabbing a black man.Joseph Dale McCool, 21, of Yucca Valley, Anthony Scott Allen, 24, of Big Bear City, and Ryan Christopher White, 29, of Joshua Tree were convicted by a jury after nearly three days of deliberation for the 2006 stabbing and kicking of Charles Washington as they used racial epithets.
The jury found that Allen did not use a knife, but McCool and White did.
Their cohort Chad Timothy Wilson, 21, struck a deal and pleaded no contest to being an accessory to the attack after the fact. He was sentenced Thursday to three years probation and one day in jail, authorities said. McCool, Allen and White were scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 2.
On Dec. 8, 2006 the four men made a stop in Claremont, a college town about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, while en route to a white supremacist rally at the West Los Angeles Federal Building, prosecutors said. As many as 12 white men exchanged words with two black men outside a liquor store, and the confrontation led to the attack on Washington, authorities said.