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Northern California hate-crime attack brings sentence of nearly 4 years in federal prison

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SACRAMENTO, California — A Northern California man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for helping to beat a white man and a black woman in what prosecutors say was a racially motivated attack.

Thirty-four-year-old Anthony Merrell Tyler of Yuba City was sentenced to 46 months in prison Tuesday.

He is one of three men who pleaded guilty to the 2011 attack at a convenience store in Marysville, 40 miles north of Sacramento.

Tyler has the words "white pride" and a swastika tattooed on his arms and has acknowledged being a member of a local white supremacist group. Prosecutors say he smashed a windshield and helped beat the male victim.

One co-defendant was sentenced previously to more than seven years and the other to nearly six years in federal prison.

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