Following the third trial in eight months, two Coeur d’Alene brothers were found guilty Thursday of racially harassing and threatening a Hispanic man in August 2009. Sentencing was set for Jan. 13 for Frank James Tankovich, 47, and William Michael Tankovich Jr., 50, who were found guilty of malicious harassment and conspiracy to commit malicious harassment against Kenneth Requena, a Puerto Rican man. “For a while there, I felt like I was on trial,” said Requena, who felt so threatened when the Tankovich brothers drove by his home on Aug. 16, 2009, that he pulled a gun and had his wife call 911. Defense attorneys said it was Requena’s actions that escalated the incident/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.
- Cutline: SR File Photo by Jesse Tinsley: William, Ira and Frank Tankovich await their
verdicts in an earlier trial in a Kootenai County courtroom April 19. At far right, is defense attorney Dan Cooper.
Question: Do you support the decision by the Kootenai County prosecutor to try the Tankoviches three times on the hate crime?