An Anchorage man and woman have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to violating an Alaska Native's civil rights by threatening and harassing him while he walked in downtown Anchorage.
Robert Gum, 19, and 21-year-old Deanna Scaglione, aka Deanna Powers, could face up to 10 years in prison for the crime, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Prosecutors say Gum and Scaglione found their target in the early morning hours of July 28, 2009, as he was walking to Bean's Café. They pelted him with eggs, threw a water bottle at him, and shouted racial slurs. At first they pursued him in their car, turning around to toss objects at him again when they missed. Then they got out near C Street and Seventh Avenue and ran after him on foot. The victim tried to flee but the pair chased him.
During the attack, Gum told the victim, "Hey, dog, you want to get shot?" and "We'll hit this (racial slur) with a bat," and "You are dumb, you're a f--ing Native."
The victim asked the pair to leave him alone multiple times.
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