A Costa Mesa transient was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for threatening a group of teenagers with a knife in December while hurling racial epithets at them outside a pharmacy.
Ronald Allen Bramlett, 65, pleaded guilty to felony counts of aggravated assault and criminal threats enhanced with a hate crime and deadly weapons accusations. He took a court-offered plea agreement to eight years in prison.
Bramlett could have been sentenced to more than 18 years with convictions for a bank robbery in Oregon and a local petty theft from 2001 on his record.
On Dec. 29, Bramlett was in front of the Costa Mesa CVS Pharmacy, 1835 Newport Blvd., where a 16-year-old and his three friends were hanging out. The boys are black; Bramlett is white, and did not know the group.
As Bramlett approached, he called one of the teens "boy" and a "dirty [expletive]," adding that he was part of a well-known white supremacist gang.