Southern Utah man facing hate crime charges



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal officials have filed hate crime charges against a southern Utah man accused of threatening to kill members of an interracial family.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Utah and Department of Justice filed charges Monday against 70-year-old Robert Keller of Hurricane in southwest Utah.

Authorities say Keller wrote a note threatening to kill several of the white family members unless they made their black relative leave the community.

Keller told KUTV-TV (http://bit.ly/1gZJk0y) that he regrets writing the letter but wanted to share his opinion and is angry that the white family is living with a black person.

Keller is facing two federal misdemeanor charges of interfering with a right to fair housing.

If convicted, he could face up to two years in prison.

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Information from: KUTV-TV, http://www.kutv.com/

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