handcuffed.jpgCONCORD, N.H. (AP) _ A 21-year-old New Hampshire man has pleaded guilty and agreed to a sentence of 1 to 4 years in the first racially motivated hate crime prosecuted in Merrimack County.

Joshua Peno of Nottingham pleaded guilty Thursday in Merrimack Superior Court to being an accomplice to simple assault.

Peno and Donald Freese of Concord were charged last year with yelling a racial slur at an African-American man, then pulling him off his moped and beating him in Hooksett.

The Concord Monitor (http://bit.ly/VvJZ67) reported that Freese was found guilty last month of accomplice to simple assault and criminal threatening and faces up to 12 years in prison when he's sentenced next month.

Freese was charged with criminal threatening because he slashed a knife at the victim, but missed him.