Ohio Man Sentenced for Hate Letters to Derek Jeter, Other Prominent Blacks

A man who wrote racially hateful letters and e-mails to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has been sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison.

David Tuason apologized for his behavior in federal court Tuesday, saying he never meant to hurt anybody. He said he sent the threatening letters because a black man "stole" the girlfriend he planned to marry.

Tuason had faced up to 10 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in May to six counts of mailing threatening communications and two counts of threatening interstate communications.

Prosecutors say Tuason, who is of Filipino descent, sent more than 200 hateful letters or e-mails, many to black or mixed-race men seen with white women.

FBI agents arrested Tuason in March after tracking e-mails sent from a public library.