Man gets 28 years to life for killing black teen from Vancouver

first_imgLarnell Bruce PORTLAND — A white supremacist who ran down and killed a young black man in Oregon two years ago was sentenced Tuesday in Multnomah County, Ore., Circuit Court to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 28 years.Russell Courtier’s sentencing came after jurors in March found Courtier, 40, guilty of murder, hit-and-run driving and the hate crime of second-degree intimidation in the death of 19-year-old Larnell Bruce Jr. of Vancouver, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.Courtier and his then girlfriend, Colleen Hunt, were in a Jeep driven by Courtier on Aug. 10, 2016, when he was encouraged by Hunt to drive into Bruce after the two fought outside a 7-Eleven store in the Portland suburb of Gresham, authorities have said.Prosecutors argued Courtier was motivated by his white supremacist beliefs — saying he was a member of the European Kindred white supremacist prison gang and was wearing the gang’s logo on his baseball cap and had its tattoo on his leg when he encountered Bruce.Surveillance video showed Bruce standing outside the store, near the intersection of Southeast 188th Avenue and Southeast Burnside Street, when Courtier drove up and parked. A fight erupted, but it was not clear how it started, Senior Deputy District Attorney David Hannon said.last_img

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