Landmark case: Santa Cruz man to serve nearly 7 years for hate crime

By Jennifer Hodges

A Santa Cruz man has been sentenced to almost seven years in prison for a violent hate crime. Following a change in legislation, this conviction is the first of its kind.

Ole Hougen, 45, was sentenced to 6 years and 10 months in prison for attacking a Black man with a nine-inch knife as he crossed the street in Santa Cruz. Hougen slashed the man's head and chest while repeatedly yelling racial slurs