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Man Sentenced For Racially Motivated Hatchet Attack

Man Sentenced For Racially Motivated Hatchet Attack Click to Enlarge Photo: Matt Demczyk (KNSI)

Aug 22, 2017 at 4:58 pm

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A St. Cloud man learns his fate for attempting to hit a black man with a hatchet in a racially motivated assault.

Daniel Robert Volkers has been sentenced to two years and three months in prison.

He pleaded guilty to 2nd degree assault with a weapon motivated by bias. Volkers was given credit for 175 days already served in jail.

As part of the plea deal charges of 4th degree assault-motivated by bias, terroristic threats, and 5th degree assault were dismissed.

The 51-year-old admitted to trying to hit a 45-year-old black man, who he had never met, with a hatchet while the man was sitting in his car on the 1500 block of 16th Ave SE.

He swung the hatchet at least twice and tried to open the man's car door. The man wasn't hurt.

Volkers then went back to his apartment and was arrested after a three-and-a-half-hour standoff with St. Cloud SWAT.

The assault took place on February 27th.

Police say Volkers called the victim the N-word and used the derogatory term for black people 30 times in a ten-minute interview.

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