Detroit Man Gets 18 Months in Prison for Anti-Gay Assault Under Federal Hate Crimes Protection Act


Everett Dwayne Avery, a 26-year-old Detroit man was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised released by U.S. District Judge John Corbett O'Meara, according to a memo from the Justice Department.

Towleroad reported on the assault, which targeted Detroit resident Justin Alesna (above), here.

Writes the DOJ in a memo:

The assault occurred on March, 7, 2011, while Avery and the victim were at a convenience store in Detroit. Avery used anti-gay slurs toward the victim as Avery and the victim waited in line in the convenience store. Shortly after the first slurs, while still in the store, Avery used another anti-gay slur and punched the victim in the face, fracturing the victim’s eye socket.  Avery pled guilty to violating the federal Hate Crimes Protection Act on Aug. 29, 2012.
“Hate-fueled incidents like this one have no place in a civilized society,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “The Justice Department is committed to using all the tools in our law enforcement arsenal, including the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, to prosecute acts motivated by hate.”

“Congress has made it clear that it is a crime to assault people solely on the basis of their sexual orientation.  Prosecutions under this law are important to ensure that all people in our community know that they have the full protection of the law,” said U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Barbara McQuade.

Special Agent in Charge Foley stated, “Hate crimes have no place in a civilized society. We are a nation of laws and our laws embrace diversity and differences. The law does not tolerate the type of hate demonstrated in this matter and the FBI will investigate and put forth for prosecution a violation of that law.”

Alesna recorded a video at the time the assault took place. You can watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted February 8, 2013 at 8:33am ETC by Andy Towle
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