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Man gets 28 years to life for killing black teen with Jeep

A 40-year-old white man who murdered a black teen by running him down in his Jeep in Oregon has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 28 years.

Posted: Apr 16, 2019 4:24 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A 40-year-old white man who murdered a black teen by running him down in his Jeep in Oregon has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 28 years.

News outlets report Russell Courtier was sentenced Tuesday at the Multnomah County Courthouse in the 2016 death of 19-year-old Larnell Bruce.

Jurors in March found Courtier guilty of murder, hit-and-run driving and the hate crime of intimidation after the prosecution argued Courtier was motivated by white supremacist beliefs in killing Bruce.

Authorities say Courtier and Colleen Hunt were in a Jeep driven by Courtier and that he, with encouragement from Hunt, drove into Bruce following a fist fight with him at a convenience store.

Hunt pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday afternoon.

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