Sacto 9-1-1
September 9, 2010
Martial arts champion sentenced for hate crime at Chico bar

By Denny Walsh

A 28-year-old San Francisco man was sentenced Thursday in Sacramento federal court to three years and one month in prison for depriving an African American man of his civil rights by assaulting the man in a Chico bar, and for an unrelated mail fraud conviction.

On March 24, at the close of a three-day trial, a jury found Eric Clawson, a former mixed martial arts fighter, guilty of the 2008 hate crime.

Clawson later pleaded guilty to the fraud charge, admitting that he purchased two properties in Chico in 2007 with loan applications containing false employment histories and inflated income. In connection with that conviction, he was ordered to pay $92,804 in restitution to the lender.

Call The Bee's Denny Walsh, (916) 321-1189.

Previous coverage:

Martial arts champion Clawson guilty of Chico hate crime - March 25, 2010

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