Sussex County man sentenced to two years in prison in hate crime conviction

James Raab, 38, of Laurel, DE

A Sussex County man has been sentenced to two years in prison for a hate crime involving a neighbor.

James Raab, of Laurel, was sentenced on April 22 after pleading guilty to felony Hate Crime, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, Aggravated Menacing, and Resisting Arrest.

Raab, 38, was arrested following investigation into an incident in which he threatened a neighbor with a knife while yelling racial slurs, according to the Delaware Attorney General’s Office.

“These crimes have the potential to shake entire communities and rob them of their sense of peace and security,” said Attorney General Kathy Jennings. “We cannot allow racial, religious, or other hate-motivated crime to fester. I am grateful to the prosecutors in the Division of Civil Rights & Public Trust and Delaware State Police for working to ensure that hate has no safe quarter in this state.”

Raab has remained incarcerated since his arrest on May, 25, 2021. This sentence was secured by Deputy Attorney General David Skoranski with the assistance of DOJ Paralegal Trisha McGinnis following an investigation led by the Delaware State Police, Troop 5.

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