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A man who said he wanted to “kill all of the Jews” was convicted of a hate crime

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An Ohio man has been convicted of a hate crime for an assault that happened outside a Cincinnati restaurant.

The Ohio Department of Justice announced Monday that Izmir Koch, 33, of Huber Heights, was found guilty by a judge for his part in the assault of a man on Feb. 4, 2017.

An indictment said Koch was standing outside a restaurant when he yelled, asking if anyone nearby was Jewish.

After a man answered back that he was, Koch punched him in the head, according to documents.

Authorities said that, when the victim fell to the ground, others joined Koch in hitting and kicking him.

As a result, the man had rib contusions and a fracture, among other injuries.

Before and during the assault, the defendant and his associates were heard shouting, “I want to kill all of the Jews” and “I want to stab the Jews,” according to the DOJ.

The DOJ also said Koch lied about his role in the assault, which the department said was religiously motivated.

“This is the first conviction under the federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act in the Southern District of Ohio,” said U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman in a new release. “We will not permit hate-fueled violence to gain a toehold here. Nor will we countenance lying to FBI agents. Today’s convictions reflect our resolve.”

His sentence has not yet been announced, but a hate crime charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.