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TEENS GET LOCKUP IN HATE CRIME.

Byline: Eric Leach Staff Writer

VENTURA - After apologizing to the victim, two 16-year-olds convicted of beating an African-American newspaper vendor in Simi Valley were sentenced Wednesday to serve time in juvenile hall.

The teen who authorities say instigated the beating was sentenced to 270 days in juvenile hall, while the other was sentenced to 240 days. Both had been in custody since Dec. 6, when they and two other teens shouted racial slurs and attacked Jim King, 17, of Reseda.

King, who suffered a dislocated knee and other injuries in the beating, attended the separate sentencing hearings. When the boy who instigated the attack apologized in court, King responded, ``I forgive you.''

The two 16-year-olds, and the two other teens, were convicted of assault and committing a hate crime. A 17-year-old from Simi Valley is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 31. A 17-year-old from Granada Hills will be sentenced at a future date in Los Angeles County, officials said.

Police said the four teens who beat King were in possession of white supremacist material. At the time, community leaders raised concerns in December about their age and what was being done in local schools to help prevent racist behavior.

Also in December, two Thousand Oaks teenagers were arrested on suspicion of vandalizing a menorah at a Hanukkah display at The Oaks Shopping Center.

Deputy District Attorney Stacy Ratner said the two cases were linked by the white supremacist ideology of the young suspects, whom she called very dangerous.

Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602

eric.leach(at)dailynews.com
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