A white couple has been convicted in federal court in a racially motivated attack on an Indian immigrant.

Prosecutors say 56-year-old Joseph Silva and his 52-year-old wife Georgia yelled racial slurs at Vishal Wadhwa and his wife on a Lake Tahoe beach in July 2007.

When Mr. Wadhwa went to call police, he was attacked and kicked in the head several times. He suffered broken face bones and has lingering sensory and focus complications.

The Sacramento Bee newspaper reports that a jury found the Silvas guilty on Thursday of interfering with Mr. Wadhwa’s right to enjoy public facilities because of his race or national origin.

The couple previously pleaded no contest to misdemeanour assault and battery in El Dorado County Superior Court. Georgia Silva was sentenced to a year in jail and Joseph Silva to six months.

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