Federal Judge Jimm Hendren, sitting in Harrison, has sentenced Frankie Maybee, 20, to more than 11 years, and Sean Popejoy, 19, to four years in prison for a federal hate crime. Popejoy, sentenced yesterday, had testified against Maybee, who was sentenced today, in a May trial. The judge added fines and probationary sentences.
They ran a car full of Hispanic men off the road. They chased them after encountering them at a store. They shouted racial epithets at them, threatened them with a tire tool and told them to go back to Mexico. They rammed the victims’ car, forcing it off the road and it caught fire. The passengers suffered serious injuries.
An assistant U.S. attorney said the crimes “shock the conscience.”
U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge said Maybee and Popejoy were the first two individuals in the nation convicted of violations of the Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which was enacted in 2009.