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Ventura County man gets 11 year state prison sentence for hate crime attack

A homeless man is headed to state prison for an attack on a woman wlaking on a Ventura beach.
Tim Hufner
A Ventura man is headed to state prison for a hate crime conviction.

Victim was targeted by racial slurs, and then stabbed.

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for stabbing another man in what prosecutors say was a hate crime.

It happened in May of 2021, at a Ventura convenience store. Ventura Police say Tyler Clark starting using racial slurs towards an African-American man. The victim tried to leave, but Clark stabbed him.

He was arrested a short time later. Fortunately, the victim recovered. Clark was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, making a hate crime threat, and obstructing a peace officer. Also factoring into the 11-year sentence for the 34-year-old man was a prior conviction.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.