Man will do jail time for shouting ethnic slurs at taxi driver

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Jacob Holtzlander, courtesy image.

Jacob Holtzlander, courtesy image.

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.

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2 comments

  • Frank Discussion

    Ridiculous.
    Guy has no record, is gainfully employed, and who knows what other accolades…..and he gets more time than the thugs arrested daily with footlong rap sheets.
    If had been a couple of non-white thugs playing the knockout-game on an old man, you can bet they’d have gotten probation.

  • steve

    Great headline, FOX17. The guy’s going to jail for shouting ethnic slurs. Since when is that illegal? If he’s going to jail, it’s for hitting the driver. Sticks and stones may break……..