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COEUR d'ALENE -- A jury hearing the case of three brothers charged with a hate crime returned a guilty verdict on a single misdemeanor count against one of the men.

Ira G. Tankovich was found guilty Monday of conspiracy to commit disturbing the peace, which has a maximum sentence of six months in jail. The 48-year-old has been jailed since November.

Jurors told the court they were unable to reach a verdict on any other charges filed against Tankovich or his brothers, 49-year-old William M. Tankovich and 46-year-old Frank J. Tankovich.

William and Frank had been charged with conspiracy to commit malicious harassment and malicious harassment.

Prosecutors alleged the brothers had used a racial slur in threatening a Hispanic man at his Coeur d'Alene house in August.

Defense attorneys claimed it was a neighborhood incident that started from a misunderstanding and that the other man pulled a gun first.

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