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Man who admitted to racist, post-Katrina triple shooting receives 10-year prison sentence

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A federal judge handed a 10-year prison sentence Thursday to a white man who admitted that he shot three black men in a racist attack during Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, ending the last open case involving civil rights abuses in New Orleans immediately following the 2005 storm.

Roland Bourgeois, 56, received his punishment four months after he struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a hate crime and to illegally using a weapon.

The deal meant U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon would sentence him to between five and 10 years in prison, and she opted for the top of that range.

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