After Attack on Latinos, Prosecutor Calls Utah’s Hate Crime Law ‘Worthless’

Mr. Covington has been charged with three felonies in connection with the attack, including two counts of second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. (He has previously been convicted of robbery, domestic violence and attempted aggravated assault.) He also faces two misdemeanor drug crimes, according to charging documents. If convicted on all charges, he could face a maximum sentence of more than 26 years in prison.

It was not clear on Tuesday if Mr. Covington, who the authorities said was homeless, had legal representation. He is being held with bail set at $100,000.

It is also unclear whether federal prosecutors could file hate crimes charges in the case. A spokesman for the United States Attorney for the…

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