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Victim in Ontario racist stabbing faces attacker, who gets 16 years in federal prison

Employees of Arby's in Ontario restrain a suspect after a stabbing on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 that hospitalized Ronnell T. Hughes. (Frank LeCalir/special to the Enterprise)

A Colorado truck driver who nearly killed a Black man in an unprovoked knife attack at an Ontario truck stop almost two years ago was sentenced Thursday to 16 years in prison.

Nolan L. Strauss, 27, of Colorado Springs, spoke briefly in a federal courtroom in Eugene, saying he was sorry for an attack that shocked Malheur County. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to committing a federal hate crime.

His target was a man had had never seen before and didn’t know – Ronnell T. Hughes. The victim was sitting in a booth at Arby’s inside the Pilot Travel Center on . . .