Woman gets probation for striking black man, hurling slurs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- A white woman who used racial slurs as she attacked a black car salesman at a western Michigan dealership has avoided jail, despite the victim's tearful appeal for her to be put behind the bars.

Kent County Judge Paul Sullivan sentenced Shelly Hueckel of Nashville, Michigan, on Tuesday to two years probation. Hueckel was convicted in December of misdemeanor assault, which is punishable by up to 93 days in jail. Terrence Smith tearfully asked for the maximum sentence.

At trial, the judge agreed with Hueckel's attorney that she was upset by an appraisal for her car -- not Smith's race. Hueckel apologized in court.