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Man sentenced to probation, community service for assault at RV park

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Matthew Jay Holt, jail booking photo Matthew Jay Holt, jail booking photo

A man who was accused of a bias crime against a gay man at a Fairview RV park pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault.

Matthew Jay Holt, 26, entered his plea in court Wednesday.

He was arrested last month after punching a man in the face at Portland RV Park on the 21400 block of Sandy Boulevard.

Investigators said Holt approached the victim and asked if he had drugs for sale. The man said no, but he then followed Holt as he walked through the RV park.

The man said he told Holt to put down a chair that he had picked up at another RV site. At that point, the victim said Holt swung the chair at him and then punched him.

Holt was later located by police and arrested.

Investigators said Holt made statements to the arresting officer that led the officer to believe the assault was motivated at least in part by the victim's sexual identity.  

Follow-up investigation supported a basis for that presumption, according to the Fairview Police Department, and he was initially charged with second-degree intimidation, as well as fourth-degree assault.

The bias crime charge was dropped.

Holt was sentenced to 15 days in jail, with credit for time served. He must serve 18 months probation and 50 hours of community service. Holt must also not have any future contact with the victim.

The judge said the sentence was not more severe, in part, because the victim requested Holt just receive some help.

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