Re: [MPD-5D] District Man Found Guilty of Committing Hate Crime
- 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 Hendersona 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!
Ward 5, PSA 502
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District Man Found Guilty of Committing Hate Crime
U.S. Department of Justice
Ronald C. Machen Jr.
United States Attorney for the
District of Columbia
555 Fourth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For Information Contact:
Friday, April 30, 2010 Public Affairs
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.
Metropolitan Police Department
Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit
Latino Liaison Unit