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Woman accused of hitting salesman, using slurs not guilty of ethnic intimidation

Posted at 12:22 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 12:22:02-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A woman accused of slapping a used car salesman and using racial slurs has been found not guilty of ethnic intimidation by a judge.

Shelly Hueckel was charged after allegedly backhanding a salesman who appraised her vehicle and repeatedly using racial slurs while doing so.

The salesman said she became upset over what her vehicle was appraised at, which led to the incident.

Huekel was initially only charged with assault and battery, but prosecutors felt a more serious charge of ethnic intimidation was warranted after reviewing the police report and further investigation.

While she wasn’t convicted of ethnic intimidation, she was found guilty of assault and battery.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Feb. 11. She is facing up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.