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Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Racially Motivated Killing

September 1, 1989

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ A 19-year-old ″skinhead″ pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of first- degree manslaughter for the racially motivated beating death of a black man last fall.

Kyle Brewster was ordered by Multnomah County Circuit Judge Robert W. Redding to return to court Oct. 10 for sentencing. Deputy District Attorney Norman Frink recommended Brewster be sentenced to the maximum possible term of 20 years in prison with a 10-year minimum.

Brewster was charged in the Nov. 12, 1988, beating death of Mulugeta Seraw, a 27-year-old Ethiopian citizen.

Seraw and two companions were attacked by a group of skinheads outside Seraw’s home in southeast Portland. Authorities said Seraw was beaten to death with a baseball bat.

A second defendant, Kenneth M. Mieske, 23, earlier pleaded guilty to murder in the Seraw killing. Steven R. Strasser, 20, is awaiting trial in the case.

Brewster also pleaded guilty to first-degree assault for an attack on one of Seraw’s companions and pleaded no contest to three counts of first-degree intimidation.

The intimidation charges included a charge stemming from an unrelated attack on a security guard at a downtown Portland grocery store.

Neo-Nazi skinhead gang members in Oregon have been connected to a number of racially motivated assaults in Oregon in the last year.

Six people described as skinheads were arrested in Portland this week for attacking a 15-year-old Hispanic girl at a city park. Those arrested included three juveniles.