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Kansas man sentenced for lying about racial attack

TOPEKA | A Concordia man was sentenced to two months in prison for lying to the FBI about a drunken, racial incident at a 2007 graduation party.

U.S. District Court Judge Sam Crow said Tuesday that he was sentencing 24-year-old Andrew S. Ralph to prison time because he continued to use drugs and alcohol while on bond.

Another defendant earlier had received probation.

Defense attorney Marilyn Trubey asked the judge for leniency, citing Ralph's attendance at a 30-day substance abuse program and continued participation at an outpatient facility.

Ralph had pleaded guilty to making a false statement to a federal investigator for telling an agent that he had not seen the May 2007 attack on a black high school student in Waterville.

Prosecutors say the attack was an attempt to drive the student out of the area.

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