GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man accused of punching a taxi driver while shouting ethnic slurs in Grand Rapids will be doing time behind bars.
Jacob Holtzlander, 23, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Donald Johnston to 30 days in jail, with credit for 2 days he has already served. He will also have to serve 24 months of probation following his stint in county jail.
In November of last year, police say Holtzlander got into an argument with a cab driver after he dropped off a group of women.
Holtzlander requested to be driven somewhere else, but reportedly got mad when he was told he’d have to pay extra. That’s when he allegedly hit the cab driver while yelling ethnic slurs at him.
In January, Holtzlander pleaded to ethnic intimidation as part of a deal. In exchange, the assault charges he faced were dropped.