BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - A white New Hampshire man has been acquitted of civil rightsviolations in connection with a racially charged argument that alsoled to an assault charge against a former University ofMassachusetts student who is black.
John Bowes of Hancock, N.H., was convicted of disorderlyconduct and sentenced in Eastern Hampshire District Court to oneyear of probation and fined $200.
Defense attorney Alfred Chamberland said he is "ecstatic"with Friday's verdict.
The 21-year-old Bowes was accused of using racial slursduring an argument with Jason Vassell at Vassell's UMass-Amherstdorm in February 2008.
Vassell is awaiting trial on an aggravated assault chargefor allegedly stabbing Bowes. Vassell claims self defense. Hissupporters say prosecutors have treated Vassell more harshly.
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