Some Gay Activists Want Lighter Sentence for 3 Men Sentenced for Videotaped Atlanta Brutal Gay Bashing
Three men from Atlanta have been sentenced to five years in prison for attacking a gay man on the street, videotaping the incident and then putting it online. Some gay activists are urging officials not to send the men to prison despite the brutality of the crime and the fact that they were specifically targeting the victim because of his sexual orientation.
In February, a video of a group of men attacking Brandon White, 20, went viral. The men physically assaulted White, who is openly gay, and hurled homophobic epithets at him as he walked out of a convenient store.
On Friday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jackson Bedford sentenced defendant Dorian Moragne and co-defendants Dareal Demare Williams and Christopher Cain to five years in prison and another five years of probation.
"Y’all are the ultimate bullies, and you bullied somebody and you hurt him," said Jackson. "To me there is no question you did it because of his sexual orientation."
Before the young men were given their punishment, they apologized to White, who was in the courtroom.
"I am disappointed in myself because I know better and know right from wrong," Williams said.
Jay Abt, the defendants’ attorney, told the newspaper that they would have intensive community service and sensitivity education once they are released from prison.
"I think it was a reasonable sentence under the circumstances," Abt said.