Teen Gets Jail In Anti-Gay Beating At Stonewall Inn
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A teenager involved in an anti-gay attack over a year ago at a landmark Greenwich Village gay bar is headed for two months in jail.
Christopher Orlando didn’t speak at his sentencing Tuesday.
Defense lawyer John Rapawy says the 18-year-old “just wants to put this behind him.”
Orlando pleaded guilty in September to charges including assault as a hate crime.
Co-defendant Matthew Francis was accused of beating a man in the Stonewall Inn’s bathroom in October 2010 after using an anti-gay slur.
Prosecutors say Orlando tackled the man and held him down.
The victim, Benjamin Carver, need stitches after the attack.
Francis also pleaded guilty in the case and is serving two years in prison. His lawyer has said Francis was high on drugs during the attack.
The Stonewall Inn became a rallying point for gay rights in June 1969, when a police raid sparked an uprising in an era when gay men and women were often in the shadows. Stonewall patrons fought with officers, and several days of demonstrations followed, in an outpouring that became a formative moment in the gay rights movement.
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