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Pasco County man sentenced for federal hate crime receives no additional jail time

By Justin Schecker, For ABC News Channel 8, On 23 December 2019, Read Original
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... Court documents obtained by 8 On Your Side described how Boileau terrorized an Iraqi refugee and her family in their Holiday neighborhood.

Prosecutors said Boileau went into the victim’s home without permission, threw screws at a car in her driveway and accused her family of being terrorists.

“Her local law enforcement stood up for her, her neighbors stood up for this family,” said Thania Clevenger, the Civil Rights Director for Florida’s chapter of the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR).

CAIR-Florida issued a statement that the organization is disappointed with the “upsettingly lenient sentence” for Boileau.

“It was really just a lot of shock that he would not only not serve any more time, but that minimum supervision was given,” Clevenger told 8 On Your Side.

Clevenger said she sat in the courtroom as the victim described in an emotional statement no longer wearing her hijab, a traditional Muslim headscarf, because of Boileau’s threats and intimidation.

“Heartbreaking to watch her change who she is and be uncomfortable in her own skin anymore,” Clevenger said.

8 On Your Side has learned Boileau no longer lives at his former address in Holiday. Clevenger said local law enforcement and the FBI have told neighbors if he goes back to the area to give them a call right away.

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