Thursday, June 20, 2013

Four Convicted in KY for Assaulting Gay Relative; Get Prison Sentences Under Fed. Hate Crime Law

Two men and two women were convicted in Kentucky yesterday (June 19) for kidnapping and assaulting a gay relative, the Daily Beast website reports today (June 20, 2013).

The four received varying prison sentences for taking Kevin Pennington to a deserted state park road and assaulting him in April 2011.

The two men received 30-year and 17-year sentences, while the two 20-year-old women both received just eight years because they testified against their male relatives.

The women were the first people to be convicted under the federal hate crime law, which was expanded in 2009 to include crimes motivated by the victim's sexual orientation or race.

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