Wisconsin man makes plea deal to drop hate crime charge against a Kenyan
A man who fired a gun into the air during an incident last summer in which a man from Kenya was beaten, pleaded no contest Thursday to disorderly conduct and using a firearm while intoxicated.
David H. DiMaggio, 49, of rural Mount Horeb, will be sentenced in April.
Under a plea agreement, a hate crime penalty enhancer that was originally charged was dismissed. The firearm conviction carries a maximum nine-month jail sentence, while the disorderly conduct has a maximum penalty of three months in jail.
According to a criminal complaint, DiMaggio and Justin W. Hurst, 27, of Verona, met Mageria Kamau in a bar in Blanchardville on July 28 and drove him to DiMaggio’s home, where he was held captive and beaten before he got away and called police.
Hurst faces battery, false imprisonment and disorderly conduct charges, all charged as hate crimes, along with a charge of obstructing police. He is scheduled to be back in court next week.