California Man Sentenced in Racially Motivated Shooting

  • December 30, 2004

A California man has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for the racially-motivated shooting of an African-American man in Lancaster last July.

Michael Kelly, 20, pleaded no contest to the charge of attempted murder and acknowledged his actions were racially motivated.  Kelly, who shot the victim from a car, was arrested a week after the shooting following a nine-hour standoff with sheriff's deputies. 

The 31-year-old victim, who identified Kelly as the shooter, suffered serious injuries to his intestines and hip.

Kelly's co-defendant, Brian Tobias, is still awaiting trial for the shooting.  Tobias, who has been linked to the Nazi Low Riders, a white supremacist street and prison gang, was sentenced in October to over 34 years in prison on other charges.