Teens Receive Jail Sentences After "Ethnic Assault" of Sikh in N.C.

July 26, 2004

Source: The Herald Sun


On July 26, 2004 The Herald Sun reported, "Three teenagers were found guilty of ethnic intimidation and assault inflicting serious injury for attacking two UNC students after one of the teens called one of the students 'Osama.'

One of the victims, Gagandeep Bindra, an Indian Sikh... testified during the trial in Orange County District Court on Monday that Kenneth Perry passed by him in March on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and called him 'Osama'... The teens then hit Bindra and his friend, Sean Michnowicz, who tried to intervene after Perry threw the first punch. Perry, 19, [from] Chapel Hill [was sentenced by] District Court Judge Alonzo Coleman... to 75 days in jail for assault inflicting serious injury for the assault against Michnowicz, followed by 45 days in jail for ethnic intimidation for the assault against Bindra... Perry's younger brother, Frederick Perry, 17... and the other co-defendant, Antonio Maurice Burnette, 18... were sentenced to 60 days each in jail for the assault inflicting serious injury, followed by 45 days in jail for ethnic intimidation."