A Chicago man charged with yelling racial slurs and threatening three African-American men and one Hispanic man with a knife has been sentenced to two years in prison, according to a DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office news release.
Ranferi Basilo, 33, of the 6400 block of West Dakin Street, appeared at a July 16 sentencing hearing where Judge George Bakalis handed down the sentence.
On June 4, Basilo pleaded guilty to one count of felony hate crime.
Basilo, who has been out on bond, was immediately taken into custody after the proceedings to begin serving his sentence.
On Nov. 8, 2018, about 10:24 p.m., the four victims, all DuPage County residents, entered the 7-Eleven on Westmore Street in Lombard where Basilo was working as a clerk.
While the four men were in the store, Basilo began yelling racial slurs at them. When the victims decided to leave the store, Basilo followed them out. Once outside the store, he continued yelling racial slurs at the men and pulled out a long-bladed knife, according to the release.
The four victims ran away from the store, leaving their car in the parking lot. As they ran away, Basilo yelled, “I am going to slash all four tires,” which he proceeded to do. Lombard Police were called and took Basilo into custody, the release stated.
“Hate crimes have no place in civilized society,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “Simply put, any action undertaken with hate as a driving force that is intended to harm, intimidate or instill fear in another will not be tolerated in DuPage County, as Mr. Basilo learned today. These types of crimes victimize not only the intended target, but also entire communities.”
Basilo will be required to serve 50% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.