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Colorado man pleads guilty to 2019 federal hate crime committed against Black Ontario resident

Nolan Levi Strauss, 27, pleads guilty for attacking man in Ontario on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019. (Photo courtesy Malheur County Sheriff's Office)

Nolan L. Strauss, a trucker driver once employed by May Trucking, pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges last week for the attempted murder of Ontario man Ronnell T. Hughes.

He faces a potential life sentence. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 9 at the U.S. District Court in Eugene.

According to a police affidavit, Strauss stabbed Hughes twice in the neck during an unprovoked attack on the morning of Dec. 21, 2019, at the Pilot Travel Center on East Idaho Avenue in Ontario.

Court documents stated that it was supposed to be Hughes’ first day of a part-time job at the Travel Center’s adjoining Arby’s fast-food restaurant when Strauss entered . . .