Maine Men Indicted on New Hate Crime Charges After Allegedly Committing Two Racially Motivated Attacks on the Same Day

Two Maine men are facing new state and federal charges after prosecutors say they committed two hate crimes in two separate cities on the same day.

Suspects Dusty Leo, 28, and Maurice Diggins, 34, of Biddeford, Maine, were already indicted on federal hate crime charges in connection to a racially charged attack against an African-American man in their town last April. The pair is accused of assaulting the man outside a 7-Eleven, before traveling 18 miles up the road and assaulting another Black man outside a bar in Portland, breaking his jaw in the attack.

On March 1, a grand jury handed down a new federal indictment, including additional hate crime charges, related to the second attack, according to the Press Herald. Leo and Diggins now each face up to five years in prison on a single count of “conspiracy to commit a hate crime,” as well as two counts of committing a hate crime — which carries a maximum 10-year sentence and fines of up to $250,000.







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