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Watch: Four Sentenced to Jail in 2008 Beating of Gay Neighbor


Four people have been sentenced to prison for the July 4, 2008 beating of former Salt Lake City neighbors David Bell and his partner Daniel Fair (pictured, below, following the attack). You may recall that Bell was brutally beaten by his neighbors after removing their young children from a rowdy party they were having and bringing them next door to their house to keep them safe. Bell was acquitted of kidnapping and burglary charges brought by the family in 2009.

Fair Now, the family who beat Bell and his partner have been sentenced, the AP reports:

Ieti Mageo, 34, Ieti Nuusila, 27, and Ricky Peace, 35, pleaded guilty to third-degree felony assault, burglary and rioting. They were among seven people charged in the attack.

Court records show 3rd District Judge Robert Faust sentenced the men to terms of zero to five years for each charge. The sentences will be served at the same time.

Tapululululu "Lulu" Latu, 32, the mother of one of the children, was sentenced to a year in jail. She had pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor charge of attempted rioting. Faust suspended 180 days of the sentence and ordered Latu to also serve 24 months of probation.

Watch ABC4's report and interview with Bell and his attackers, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. let them rot.

    Posted by: EO | May 24, 2011 10:44:19 AM

  2. Sue those bastards for everything they have

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | May 24, 2011 10:52:33 AM

  3. and that is why people don't jump in and help people because the time you do they attack you.

    Posted by: james | May 24, 2011 10:56:51 AM

  4. I wish I could learn more about the details of the kidnapping case. Did he inform anyone at the party that he was moving the kids? Or did they just realize their kids were missing at the end of their irresponsible party and go into hysterics?

    Either way, it's a bit less cut and dry, but more evidence that no good deed goes unpunished...

    CPS has probably already looked into the living situation. I wonder where the kids are going to be housed now that at least one of the parents is in jail.

    Posted by: luminum | May 24, 2011 10:58:47 AM

  5. Gay Panic in it's worst form.

    All the people that equate gays to child molesters helped cause this.

    Posted by: Fenrox | May 24, 2011 11:14:36 AM

  6. I am not even going to bother asking what kind of names those are and where the hell those people came from. Especially the mother - lululululu? WTF?

    The world and all the people in it are just too scary.

    Posted by: Tell It Like It Is | May 24, 2011 11:17:58 AM

  7. Those "men" (attacking as a group) got what they deserved. Now they will meet the world of masculinity in jail.
    I wish all the best to Bell and his partner.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 24, 2011 11:26:09 AM

  8. Zero to five years? What the hell does that mean? Isn't serving zero years like being found not guilty except for having a record?

    And as usual, the female assailant gets off pretty much scott free after the vagina defense was considered. Why do women always get special treatment when they assault someone, molest a child or commit any other crime?

    Posted by: Jerry | May 24, 2011 11:29:07 AM

  9. I'm confused as to why the guys just went over there and took the kids. 911 should have been called with the attention put on minors in a hazardous situation. Well, the deed was done, but the sentences were too light for the sociopathic savages. They should be commited to a psychiatric ward--what trash.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | May 24, 2011 11:37:33 AM

  10. News stories covering this travesty:

    The victims website:
    (warning: may cause heterophobic rage and/or uncontrollable weeping)

    Posted by: Go Galt. Please. | May 24, 2011 11:39:33 AM

  11. "Why do women always get special treatment when they assault someone, molest a child or commit any other crime?"

    Good question, Jerry. And one that deserves real consideration rather than the knee-jerk accusations of misogyny that usually follow the asking of it.

    Posted by: The Milkman | May 24, 2011 11:40:35 AM

  12. Even if they wrongfully took the kids based on some misunderstanding, how does that possibly justify such an attack?

    Posted by: Steve | May 24, 2011 12:07:31 PM

  13. You do not remove kids from their home unless you are the police or social services. I don't know all the details but if they were so worried, they should have called the police and let them know that children were in danger. Then, stand there until the cops show up. But, instead, it seems they took it upon themselves to remove the kids from their home without notifying the parents. When does that ever go well? So, they got beat up and the kids parents are now in jail... HELPING FAIL

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | May 24, 2011 12:17:06 PM

  14. I'm also confused as to why the children were taken. Not to blame the victims, but it wasn't a smart move. A lot of straight people believe we're child molesters. Instead, the victims should've called the police & CPS.

    Posted by: Joetx | May 24, 2011 12:20:06 PM

  15. Everyone who is playing detective and asking why they removed the children...well do you not THINK that the judge might've asked that as well? And came to this conclusion?

    But of course Towleroad's commenters know best and know how to get to the nitty gritty of stories!

    Jerry because we live in a misogynistic society.

    Men are either stronger, better at war, better leaders and women are weaker, better in the home, better supporters.

    So when something happens that FLIPS the lay man thinking on sex, it becomes but 'she's a woman, so she's a victim' and 'he's a man, so he's the instigator'.

    You only have men to blame for this milkman and Jerry. They made the rules up.

    Posted by: Rowan | May 24, 2011 12:25:28 PM

  16. "no mercy"? "tables were reversed"?

    How is being found guilty of a crime you committed the same as having your face bashed in for trying to protect children?

    Posted by: Randy | May 24, 2011 12:50:04 PM

  17. I seem to remember this case was covered by Towleroad a few years ago with the victems being prosecuted harshly for kidnapping. There may have been allegations of homophobia against the prosecutor. The victems were acquitted, I believe, of the charges. Of course, I could be mixing things up, but I really have this memory of prior coverage of this case on this site.

    Posted by: Guest | May 24, 2011 1:34:07 PM

  18. To all the victim blamers asking why they removed the kids, go to the second link that Go Galt. Please posted and click on The Truth.

    They didn't "remove the children." The children followed them home and asked if they could have some juice. They waited at the front door for the victims to get them some juice. Before they could bring them home, with juice, the drunken mother of the boy came in and accused them of being pedophiles, then went home and got her angry mob.

    You all should feel ashamed.

    Posted by: Randy | May 24, 2011 1:40:37 PM

  19. What Randy said.

    And since when does "multiple convictions of zero to five to be served concurrently" constitute "no mercy"?

    That's a ridiculously light sentence at the lower end. Zero? ZERO?

    Posted by: BobN | May 24, 2011 4:01:36 PM

  20. It takes a village...

    to beat a 5' 7" 145lb female impersonator near to death.

    It started out so simple. DJ Bell's cat was missing. He asked his neighbor if she had seen it. She invited him over to her party; even braided his hair. After he let her raid his liquor cabinet, he went home at dawn, but her kids trailed along behind him. Maybe for kool-aid, maybe to get away from the loud party so they could sleep. Mom, having been drunk for 18 hours, flips out. Next thing he knows, at least seven people are breaking through every door and window in his home trying to beat him and his husband to death. Just like they did several times before, to other victims. Then he's arrested for kidnapping.

    All this info is from scanning the lies, rumors, and innuendos on the web. It's called Google. Maybe you've heard of it.

    Posted by: Go Galt. Please. | May 24, 2011 4:03:27 PM

  21. And those criminals show absolutely NO remorse or understanding of what they did and how utterly unjustified it was.

    "Just protecting my kids" from juice?

    It's not "taking the law into your own hands" when the law wouldn't have done anything for a non-crime anyway.

    Posted by: BobN | May 24, 2011 4:05:25 PM

  22. I remember the story. Good to know that the attackers will get something to remember. As well as that is an example for some short sighted gays to be very careful when meddling with straight primitive neighbors who will always assume the worst about you.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | May 24, 2011 7:37:57 PM

  23. Not to be racist, but why are many of these anti-gay crimes committed by people of color?

    Posted by: Ez | May 24, 2011 8:14:36 PM

  24. Shot in the dark: Samoan? Samoans tend to be evangelical Christians. And alcoholism and violence is a big problem in the Samoan community.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 25, 2011 12:48:23 AM

  25. @ez because whites are becoming a minority.

    @ratbastard A shot in the dark in Utah isn't going to hit many Samoans.

    Posted by: Go Galt. Please. | May 25, 2011 5:54:03 PM

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