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Minor convictions on well publicized crime in California against Donald Williams, Jr.

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A jury Monday found three white men – one of them from Clovis – guilty of misdemeanor battery on a black suitemate in 2013 at San Jose State University, but did not reach guilty verdicts on more serious hate crime charges.

After deliberating for slightly more than two days, jurors agreed that Joseph “Brett” Bomgardner of Clovis, Colin Warren of Woodacre and Logan Beaschler of Bakersfield “offensively touched” their fellow freshman suitemate, Donald Williams Jr., either by clamping a U-shaped bike lock around his neck and/or by attempting to do so a second time.

But the jury of six men and six women – which had no African-American members – found Bomgardner, now 21, not guilty of misdemeanor hate crime and deadlocked on hate crime charges against Warren and Beaschler, both 20.

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By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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