2 Plead Guilty To Anti-Gay Hate Crime In Queens

NEW YORK (AP) — Two men have pleaded guilty to robbery as a hate crime in the brutal beating of a gay man last year.

The men admitted to taunting Jack Price and yelling anti-gay slurs before punching and kicking him. It happened after he left a 24-hour deli near his home in Queens in October 2009.

Price suffered a fractured jaw and ribs, two collapsed lungs, and a lacerated spleen. He spent three weeks in the hospital.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says 21-year-old Daniel Rodriguez pleaded guilty Tuesday. Daniel Aleman, who’s 27, pleaded guilty last week. They both face eight years in prison.

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