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Man accused of hate crime against woman, harassment of pastor sentenced to probation

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Joseph Leineweber, jail booking photos from April Joseph Leineweber, jail booking photos from April

A man accused of harassing a neighborhood pastor and threatening to kill a woman after jumping on the hood of her car pleaded guilty to two charges Thursday.

Joseph Leineweber, 35, pleaded guilty to charges of criminal mischief and menacing.

Leineweber was initially also facing the hate crime charge of intimidation when he was arrested in April.

Court documents state he jumped on a woman’s car at Northeast Martin Luther Jr. Boulevard and Northeast Oregon Street, threatened to kill her and called her a “dirty Mexican.”

He also yelled, “America deserves better” and hit her car with a glass bottle, according to a probable cause affidavit.

An employee working nearby corroborated most of the victim’s description of the events to police and provided the suspect’s license plate number, which led to Leineweber’s arrest.

Police said Leineweber was also arrested on a separate harassment charge that occurred later that same day involving a neighborhood pastor.

As part of his plea agreement, the harassment charge involving the pastor was dismissed.

Leineweber was sentenced to two years of supervised probation Thursday. He must also enter the county’s mental health court program, which requires regular follow-ups for up to one year.

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