A 20-year-old Detroit man was placed on two years’ probation Wednesday by a Macomb Circuit judge for an assault on an Arab-American business owner.

A contrite Antonieo Hardy had earlier pleaded guilty to an ethnic intimidation charge in the assault, and stood with his head bowed before Macomb Circuit Judge James Biernat to hear his sentence.

In addition to the two years of probation, he will be placed on a tether for 90 days and will have 15 days of work release from the Macomb County Jail. He also will have to obtain a GED or high school diploma.

“I want to apologize,” Hardy told the judge. “I want to pay off my debt to society.”

Hardy was one of the three students from Clintondale Continuing Education Center in Clinton Township who hurled slurs at an Arab-American business owner on Oct. 23.

The students were standing at a bus stop on southbound Gratiot and knocked down a sign for the 10 Minute Express Lube owned by Joe Khalil. Khalil was also struck by one of the students.


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