Gay Advocacy Group Seeks Maximum Sentence for Attacker | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Gay Advocacy Group Seeks Maximum Sentence for Attacker

Play associated audio

A Gay Rights Group says it will ask a judge for the maximum sentence in a case that has sparked outrage in the gay community. Tony Hunter was attacked on his way to a NW DC gay bar a year ago. He later died from his injuries. Nineteen-year old Robert Hannah has pled guilty to misdemeanor assault in the case, and faces a maximum sentence of six months in prison.

"Even if we get the maximum in this case, it would be a very, very hollow victory. Six months for an innocent man's life is not acceptable." Chris Farris is with a group called Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence. He says the misdemeanor charge is inadequate.

Prosecutors initially filed manslaughter charges, but a grand jury handed back a simple assault indictment. Hannah said he was provoked because the victim groped him. Farris says police ignored several witnesses who dispute that claim. He says Hunter's death affects all of D-C's gay community. "If Tony Hunter was beaten and subsequently died from that beating just because he was gay, or because he was walking into a gay bar, or because someone thought he was walking to a gay bar, then every single one of us is at risk."

Sentencing is set for October 14th.

Sabri Ben-Achour reports...

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 1

Music from West Africa and photography from South East Asia come to the D.C. area.

NPR

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love Of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.
NPR

Obama Sidesteps Midterm Campaigning As Approval Ratings Slump

The president's job approval rating is somewhere in the low 40s. That means there are a lot of places where his presence would hurt more than it helps.
NPR

Facebook Apologizes For Name Policy That Affected LGBT Community

The social networking site will not change its requirement for people to use "real" names on their profiles, but it will adjust how alleged violations are reported and enforced.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.