Man guilty of hate crime at convicted I-84 truck stop

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Nolan Strauss nearly killed a black man by slitting his neck in an unprovoked attack at an Ontario truck stop in 2019.

ONTARIO, Oregon – A Colorado trucker who nearly killed a black man by slitting his neck in an unprovoked attack at a truck stop in eastern Oregon has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Nolan Strauss, who is white, pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime involving attempted murder.

Strauss, of Colorado Springs, walked into an Arby’s next to the Pilot Travel Center along Interstate 84 in Ontario and stabbed Ronnell Hughes in December 2019.

Hughes, a restaurant worker who went into labor just a day before the attack, was rushed for emergency surgery and survived the attack. He was released from the hospital on Christmas Eve.

Strauss’ attorney argued that he committed the crime because he was no longer taking his mental health medication and was having a manic episode.

But prosecutors said there was no doubt about Strauss’ racial animosity in the ambush.

Strauss was previously arrested and convicted of third-degree assault when he armed a police officer in Lincoln, NE in 2018. Strauss pleaded to a misdemeanor and served six months in prison in that case.

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