Justin Whittington to be sentenced today in hate crime

Posted at 9:01 AM, Mar 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-13 12:01:38-04

A Bakersfield man found guilty of a hate crime in Oildale will be sentenced Monday. 

Justin Whittington, who gained notoriety after video surfaced showing him hitting a child in 2015, was found guilty in federal court in December for a hate crime committed more than five years.

According to the Department of Justice, in December of 2012 Whittington was in a car that stopped in front of the home of a Latino man. Whittington was holding a sawed-off shotgun and shouted racial slurs at the man. He fired a shot toward the man and yelled that the man should "move out of Oildale". 

Shortly after, a gunshot was fired from the car Whittington was in at a convenience store owned by a man of Middle Eastern descent. 

Along with being found guilty of federal hate crimes, Whittington was also found guilty of making false statements to an FBI agent when he falsely claimed that on the night of the incident, he had been paid by someone to keep the sawed-off shotgun in the trunk of his car.