Here's a troubling story about race, speech and violence...
Robert Coleman is a 27-yr-old black man from Virginia. Last summer Coleman went into a 7-11 convenience store to buy some cigarettes.As he walked in, a Hispanic woman named Fedelia Montiel-Benitez was also walking in to buy alcohol.That's when the two got into an argument (it's not clear over what).
According to surveillance video, the woman left the convenience store after a very short dispute with the man. That's when Coleman followed her outside.
Coleman claims she then called him the n-word (but prosecutors claim that's not possible because she doesn't speak English).
Coleman then chased the woman, throwing a punch that would put her in a coma.
She died in a hospital 10 days later. In other words, he punched her to death because he claims she called her the n-word (but she probably didn't, because she doesn't speak English very well).
Coleman insists that he never meant to kill Montiel-Benitez.
In fact, Coleman told detectives that he thought that the victim, who was heavyset and wore her hair short, was a man.
Coleman likely didn’t help his case when he fled the scene of the assault.
When he was tracked down by a detective, Coleman initially denied any involvement until it was revealed that the woman was in critical condition.
Now he's been found guilty and he's going to prison for 10 years.
Only 10 years? There are pot dealers with longer sentences than that!