The Macomb Daily

White man gets prison time for ethnic intimidati­on

He fired shots, yelled racial slurs at Black man

- By Jameson Cook jcook@medianewsg­roup.com

A 56-year-old white man was sentenced to over three years in prison Wednesday for yelling racial slurs and firing shots at a Black man who was walking in Warren.

Anthony Mangiapane was sentenced to 38 months to six years behind bars from Macomb County

Circuit Judge Edward Servitto after he was convicted by a jury of assault with a deadline weapon, ethnic intimidati­on and felony firearm possession following a November trial. He received credit against the sentence for over 1-1/2 years he has been held in jail.

“Today’s sentencing is a solemn reminder that our community rejects intoleranc­e. We strive to build a society where every individual can live free from fear,” county Prosecutor Peter Lucido.

The incident occurred July 25, 2022 when Mangiapane was at his business near Eight Mile and Schoenherr roads in Warren when the victim, a 37-year-old St. Clair Shores man, walked by on the sidewalk in front of it. Mangiapane yelled racial slurs and fired three shots from a rifle toward the victim, who immediatel­y called 911. Warren police responded in three minutes to two separate locations.

Mangiapane barricaded himself inside a nearby business and eventually surrendere­d.

In a search of his property, a Michigan State Police bomb squad found an M203 grenade shell, which was removed to a safe location. Police also found a cache of weapons, including pistols, shotguns and AR-15style rifles with high-capacity magazines. Among the rifles, police found a rifle with a green laser sight they believe Mangiapane pointed at the victim.

They also discovered Mangiapane had Nazi memorabili­a.

He was sentenced to one to four years in prison for the assault and ethnic intimidati­on conviction­s and an additional two years for firearm possession.

The case was prosecutor by Assistant Macomb Prosecutor Kumar Palepu, the former chief of the Hate Crimes Unit who on Jan. 1 became head of district and specialty courts.

This wasn’t Mangiapane’s first brush with the law. In 2006, he was charged with 33 counts of attempted false pretenses between $1,000 and $20,000 for incidents that occurred that year within the jurisdicti­on of 42-II District Court in New Baltimore, according to court records. He pleaded no contest to five counts, records indicate. He was sentenced in November 2007 by Judge Peter J. Maceroni to two years probation and 100 hours of community service. The next month he violated probation and was held in contempt of court for which he was sentenced to nine months in jail, records say.

That case was prosecuted by the state Attorney General’s Office.

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