Sirens & Gavels

Brothers guilty in CdA hate-crime case

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, (right) and William Michael Tankovich Jr., 50, (left) 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.

Read the rest of Alison Boggs' story here.




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