San Jose woman sentenced
to jail for hate crime
SAN JOSE — A San Jose woman was sentenced to nine months in jail after being convicted of a hate crime in which she attacked a man of Middle Eastern descent while shouting slurs during a road rage incident.
Angel Ann Coley, 28, also was ordered Friday to pay restitution to Mohamed Aram, the 31-year-old man she kicked, bit, and punched in November after using her car to ram Aram’s limousine into an intersection for not getting out of her way at a red light.
Witnesses told police Coley got out of her car and confronted Aram. She bit his hand, kicked him in the groin and punched him, they said. During the attack Coley called Aram, who emigrated from Egypt six years ago, a “towel head” and “foreigner.”
Aram tried tossing his cell phone to a passerby to call 911, but the man took the phone and left the scene.
During her trial Coley maintained that Aram refused to show his identification after his vehicle hit her car — which conflicted with evidence and testimony from witnesses.
Coley’s sentence comes three weeks after a Superior Court jury found her guilty of committing a hate crime resulting in injury, making threats to commit death or injury, hit-and-run, and battery.
Fourth week without budget
SACRAMENTO — California is entering the fourth week without a state budget, which is putting the squeeze on state workers. Legislative employees were the first to go without a paycheck last week, leaving others to wonder who’s next.
Still, Assembly Republicans maintain they will not vote for the state spending plan that uses tax hikes to help fill a $23.6 billion budget hole.
Man accused of stealing car caught
after demanding air
FAIRFIELD — A man accused of stealing a truck was caught after he threatened a service station clerk with a sawed-off shotgun and demanded two quarters to put air in his tires.
Shane V. Cavalin was ordered to stand trial on robbery and auto theft charges, which carry a possible eight years in prison. Using the shotgun could tack on an additional 10 years.
Cavalin allegedly went into a gas station on May 4 and asked to use the air machine for the tires of the stolen truck he was driving.
The cashier told him he needed two quarters for the machine. Vacaville police officer Brian Larsen testified at a preliminary hearing Friday that Cavalin returned a moment later toting a sawed-off shotgun and ordered the cashier to empty the cash register.