Teen Gets 40 Years for Murder of Gay DC Principal Brian Betts

In May I posted about the murder of beloved gay D.C. school principal Brian Betts, who met his killers over a phone chat line. Yesterday, a 19-year-old was sentenced to 40 years for the murder:

Betts "Alante Saunders was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years in prison in Montgomery County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty to felony murder earlier this month. Prosecutors said Saunders and Brian Betts, the principal of Shaw Middle School, met through a sex chat line and Betts agreed to leave the door of his home open for Saunders. Betts was found dead in his Silver Spring home April 15 after failing to show up for work. Three other teens have also been charged."

Gloria Allred, who served as attorney for the Betts family, says she'll request that the U.S. Justice Dept. probe Betts' murder as a hate crime.

Said Allred: "Brian’s family retained me to represent them as victims in the criminal case. The family has also retained me to explore whether or not Brian’s murder should also be prosecuted under the new Matthew Shepard federal hate crimes law. Brian was a gay man and we believe an investigation should be opened under that law to determine whether a hate crime has or has not been committed by defendant Saunders and if it has whether it is appropriate to proceed with a federal prosecution under that law."


  1. says

    Walk-in scenes can be hot, but are definitely not appropriate for first-time hookups. Known f-buddies? Sure. But new guys coming to your apartment? Not so much. In fact, bringing guys back to your apartment for the first time can always be a troubling risk even without the walk-in component. That’s why I’ve always thought bathhouses were safer ways to engage in hook-up sex… but they have their issues too. Let’s be careful out there.

  2. ratbastard says

    NOT BLAMING MR. BETTS for his murder…WTF was he thinking? I understand being horny, even lonely, but good grief. That was a tragedy waiting to happen.

  3. TANK says

    Yet most hookups of that nature aren’t moody like that, ratbastard. But yeah…it’s creepy…that’s probly what you’re getting at more than a “tragedy waiting to happen.”

    But hey, it’s good that one less degenerate is off the streets…only problem is that there are so many there to take up the slack. Neighbors, friends, relatives…some very scary folks live right next door…but chances are, you’ll never have to find out, and that’s a good thing.

  4. grego says

    too bad dc doesnt have cap. punishment. We’ll support this murderer for 30 years till his release, then what?

  5. mikej says

    Forty years? Where’s the death penalty when we need it? Gloria Allred is an ambulance chaser but I give her credit on this one. Still, what was Mr. Betts thinking? What is the attraction to trolling on-line for sex? It is beyond me to understand. Well, I hope Mr. Betts’ killer is made somebody’s b*tch in prison. It’s the least he deserves.