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Cornell Student Sentenced For Hate Crime Stabbing

By WKTV News

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - A white Cornell University student has been sentenced to up to four years in state prison for stabbing a black student in what was deemed a hate crime.

Twenty-one-year-old Nathan Poffenbarger of Woodsboro, Maryland was sentenced yesterday in an Ithaca court for stabbing 23-year-old
Charles Holiday of Brooklyn last year on the Cornell campus.

Holiday was a senior at Union College in Schenectady when he paid a visit to the Ivy League school last February. Poffenbarger taunted Holiday and his friends with racial slurs before stabbing the black student.

Poffenbarger was reported to have been drinking and was ejected from a fraternity party before the incident.

Holiday was hospitalized for two days after the stabbing.

During his sentencing, Poffenbarger offered an apology, saying he's not a racist but that he acted like one the night of the stabbing.

Poffenbarger pleaded guilty in December to felony assault as a hate crime.

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