Costa Mesa man pleads guilty to violent hate crimes

A white Costa Mesa man was convicted of a hate crime for an unprovoked attack on two Latinos outside a convenience store, authorities said Friday.

Chad Jurjaks, 31, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of a hate crime causing injury in connection with his March attack on two men at a Costa Mesa 7-Eleven, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

Jurjaks yelled "F--- Mexicans!" as he punched the two men, each in the head, without provocation, the D.A.'s office said. The men, ages 42 and 26, were entering the store with family members at the time.

Jurjaks is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 17. He faces up to seven years and four months in prison.

—Lauren Williams

Twitter: @lawilliams30

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