A Pee Dee man pleaded guilty to a racial hate crime. Friday, 23-year-old Chase McClary of Johnsonville admitted that racial hatred was the reason for his 2010 assault two years ago on a 16-year-old black male, in which he struck him numerous times with the jagged end of a broken coffee mug. The attack resulted in severe injuries to the victim’s head, face and neck.
Prosecutors say the victim is scarred for life.
The crime was prosecuted under the Matthew Shepard-James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention law for crimes based .the color of skin, sexual orientation, religion, gender or national origin
Sentencing is set for later, but the plea agreement calls for a sentence of 48 months in prison.