A jury in El Cajon, California, Superior Court has sentenced a white supremacist from Lakeside to 17 years in prison for assaulting two men in two separate hate crime attacks.
Timothy Michael Caban, 40, received the sentence on February 1, 2008.
In the first attack, in October 2006, Caban beat a man to the ground outside a Lakeside bar after asking the man and his friend if they were gay. The man was sitting with his wife and friend at the time of the incident. The victim in this incident sustained a dislocated shoulder, as well as numerous cuts and bruises. Caban pleaded guilty in January 2007 to battery with serious bodily injury and personally inflicting great bodily injury.
In the second attack, Caban was convicted of felony assault and committing a hate crime, for breaking the skull of an African-American man on July 8, 2007, outside of another Lakeside bar. According to authorities, Caban followed the victim out of the bar after a bartender stopped serving him and his companions, revealed a swastika tattoo on his upper torso, and then hit the 44-year-old man in the head, causing him to hit the ground, resulting in permanent injuries to his brain. The victim has since regained his ability to walk and some of his speaking skills, but remains paralyzed on one side.
According to authorities, the October 2006 incident was reopened after Caban was charged with the July 2007 hate crime assault.
Caban's criminal record dates back to 1995 and includes convictions for domestic violence, battery, and drug possession.