Dallas Jury Finds Man Guilty for Robbery in Anti-Gay Attack
A Dallas jury today found Jonathan Gunter guilty of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in the July 2008 attack on Jimmy Lee Dean in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of the city. Gunter and another man who awaits trial, Bobby Singleton, were charged in the attack.
The Dallas Morning News reports: "Dean told jurors that Gunter punched him in the nose and that the next thing he remembered was seeing two men beat him. Gunter kicked him in the back and Singleton kicked him in the face before he lost consciousness again, he said. A witness testified hearing Gunter and Singleton make anti-gay remarks during the attack. As a result of the attack, Dean suffered a fractured back and dislocated jaw, and his chin was broken in half. He testified that he has vision problems, lost his sense of smell and is still missing teeth."
According to the paper, defense attorneys argued that Singleton was responsible for the beating. According to the Dallas Voice, Gunter faces 5 to 99 years in sentencing, which is underway.
UPDATE: Gunter gets 30 years.
And if you're interested in seeing a rather heartbreaking video of the result this ugly attack had on Dean, watch the news report that was done last August, shortly after the attack, AFTER THE JUMP...