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Bethel Park Man Sentenced for Violating the Federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Jeffrey Allen Burgess has been sentenced in federal court to three years’ probation, to include the following special conditions: four months of home detention; continued alcohol treatment through Pyramid Healthcare, Inc., or as directed by the U.S. Probation Office; 50 hours of community service; full participation in a restorative justice program administered by Center for Victims; and restitution in an amount to be determined by the Court at a later date, on a charge of violating the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Jeffrey Allen Burgess, age 56. 

According to information presented to the Court, on or about November 22, 2016, Burgess violated the Hate Crimes Prevention Act by willfully causing bodily injury to A.M. because of A.M.’s actual and perceived race, color, and national origin.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cindy K. Chung and Rachael L. Dizard of the Western District of Pennsylvania and Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney Tona Boyd prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bethel Park Police Department for conducting the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Burgess.

Updated April 6, 2018

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