2 sentenced for racial attack in Anchorage

Posted: Sunday, September 12, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Two people who threw eggs and a water bottle in a racially motivated attack on an Alaska Native in Anchorage have been sentenced in federal court to prison terms for civil rights violations.

Robert Gum, 19, was sentenced to 20 months and Deanna Scaglione, 21, who is also known as Deanna Powers, was sentenced to 16 months, the Anchorage Daily News reported Friday.

Both also face sentencing later this month on state charges of misdemeanor assault and harassment.

The two took turns recording the attack on the man two years ago and posted video on YouTube. They shouted racial slurs and threatened him with a baseball bat and a gun.

After their arrest in 2009, Gum and Scaglione admitted that they egged two other Alaska Natives in downtown Anchorage that night, prosecutors said.

The case was investigated by the Anchorage Police and the FBI.

During the sentencing in U.S. District Court, the victim "spoke about the impact on him, the fear and the hurt he felt, but also how he moved forward and (his) forgiveness" of his attackers, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis.

In a plea for leniency, Gum's grandfather wrote that Gum recognized that he had done something very wrong and needed to make amends. But he said his grandson has many Native family members and is "not a racist."

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