Vermont man placed on probation for hate crime

BARRE, Vt. (AP) A Vermont man has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to committing a hate crime against a transgender resident.

The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports Paul Andrew Eastman, 53, entered his plea on Wednesday to misdemeanor counts of aggravated disorderly conduct by using abusive obscene language to commit a hate crime and violating conditions of release. Eastman was given a suspended sentence of 20 to 360 days and placed on probation for a year.

Police say the victim filed a complaint at the police station in August stating that Eastman had been harassing him. The victim said they both lived in the same apartment building.

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