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Re: [MPD-5D] District Man Found Guilty of Committing Hate Crime

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  • khenderson029@aol.com
    No one should have to endure this type of terror under any circumstances and it is tragic that the victim suffered this indignity for two years. I am glad the
    Message 1 of 2 , May 4, 2010
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      No one should have to endure this type of terror under any circumstances and it is tragic that the victim suffered this indignity for two years. I am glad the defendant will be justly punished for his reprehensible behavior, sending a strong message to others that would engage in similar criminal behavior.
       
      Kathy Henderson
       
       
       
       
       
       
       a message dated 5/4/2010 5:20:53 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, brian.ions@... writes:
       

      This is a quote from the perpetrator: "They don't lock you up for hitting faggots."

      This is a crosspost from MPD's Sgt. Carlos Mejia on MPD's SLU (Special Liaison Unit) Listserv...
      MPD Special Liaison Unit (mpd-slu-subscribe@ yahoogroups. com)

      Once again, many thanks to US Attorney Machen and his USAO-DC team!  And the deep gratitude of DC's LGBT residents goes out to all those at MPD assisting in this case.  Regrettably, too many hate crimes perpetrators on DC's streets believe this perp's pronouncement to be true.  So, please-- keep up the good work!

      brian
      Ward 5, PSA 502

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      District Man Found Guilty of Committing Hate Crime
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      U.S. Department of Justice

      Ronald C. Machen Jr.

      United States Attorney for the

      District of Columbia

      Judiciary Center

      555 Fourth Street, NW

      Washington, D.C. 20530

      PRESS RELEASE

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For Information Contact:

      Friday, April 30, 2010 Public Affairs

      (202) 514-6933

      http://www.usdoj. gov/usao/ dc/Press_ Releases/ index.html

      District Man Found Guilty of Committing

      Hate Crime Assault in Southeast Washington, D.C.

      WASHINGTON - A Superior Court jury has found a 42-year-old District of
      Columbia man, Anthony Wright, guilty of Bias-Related Simple Assault and
      Bias-Related Threats To Do Bodily Harm for an unprovoked assault on an
      elderly gay man in the 1200 block of Eaton Road, Southeast, on June 6,
      2009, and a subsequent violent threat on the same victim and in the
      same location, on August 27, 2009, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.
      announced. Wright was found guilty on April 28, 2010, by a Superior
      Court jury on the two counts by a trial presided over by the Honorable
      Anthony C. Epstein. Because the jury found Wright committed a
      bias-motivated assault and a bias-motivated threat, his maximum penalty
      on the Assault and Threats charge is subject to a 1 1/2 times enhancement
      under District of Columbia law. The maximum statutory penalty without
      the enhancement is180 days' incarceration; because the jury found the
      crimes were motived by bias, Wright's maximum penalty is 270 days on
      each count. In addition to these convictions, Wright pled guilty on
      April 27, 2010, in a separate case for violation of the Bail Reform Act
      for failing to appear for an earlier trial date on March 18, 2010.
      Sentencing for both cases is set for May 12, 2010.

      The evidence at trial established that the victim, a 67-year-old gay
      man, was subject to an almost daily barrage of name calling and
      harassment by Wright, his neighbor, solely because of the victim’s
      sexual orientation. This abuse went on unabated for more than two
      years. Wright's actions turned violent on June 6, 2009, when he,
      without provocation, punched the victim as he was sitting outside his
      apartment building, in front of his neighbors and friends. After the
      assault, Wright was arrested and released later that day, after signing
      notice to appear in Court at a later date.

      Upon his release, Wright returned back to the apartment building and
      proclaimed to the people standing outside, including the victim, that "they don’t lock you up for hitting faggots." Wright continued to
      harass, belittle and abuse the victim, including calling him a "faggot"
      every Sunday as the victim left for church. On August 27, 2009, Wright
      again turned violent. The evidence at trial showed that he followed the
      victim into his apartment building and when alone with him, threatened
      to stab him. The jury found that Wright committed these acts based upon
      his prejudice against the victim’s sexual preference.

      In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of
      Metropolitan Police Officers Courtney Flash and Michael Tynes. He also
      praised the work of Legal Assistant Amoret Vanterpool and Paralegal Zoe
      Antwi. Finally, he commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara
      Worm and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Mehul Madia who prosecuted the
      case at trial, and former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcus Meeks
      who helped investigate the case.

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      10-86

       

      Carlos Mejia

      Sergeant

      Metropolitan Police Department

      Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit

      Latino Liaison Unit

      202-506-0742

      Carlos.Mejia@ ...

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