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Bronx Gang Member Gets Seven Years In Prison For Brutal Anti-Gay Attack

6a00d8341c730253ef0133f5173759970b-800wiNelson Falu, a member of the Latin King Goonies gang that in 2010 brutally attacked and sodomized two teen boys and a thirty year old-man, will serve seven years in prison for his role in the horrific crimes that took place in the Bronx, The New York Daily News reports:

Nelson Falu was among eight members of the "Latin King Goonies" who tortured and beat two teenage boys and a 30-year-old man over the course of several hours in a Bronx home, while using anti-gay slurs. Prosecutors say the gang members sodomized two of the men with a plunger, chained one to a chair, and used a cigarette lighter to inflict burns. Falu, 20, and two other participants, took guilty pleas in June. Falu, who copped to a robbery plea, declined to say anything before his sentencing, and his victims were not in court. Prosecutor Theresa Gottlieb told Bronx Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrett her office made the plea offer because the victims don't want to relive "the nightmare" on the witness stand. The cases against the other gang members are still pending.

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  1. This guy is a monster, and all he gets is 7 years? He probably will get out in less than 2 for "time served". American justice system at its finest.

    Posted by: Stephen | Aug 12, 2013 6:45:03 AM


  2. Is the fact that the victims refused to testify the reason a plea was copped? If so, why so light a plea? I imagine reliving the "nightmare" via testimony would have been traumatic, but I also think that going up on the stand against gang members could put them in harms way again. I wonder what else went into the decision not to testify?

    Posted by: kodiak | Aug 12, 2013 7:01:58 AM


  3. Awww, his family looks so proud of their little monster.

    Posted by: parkrunner | Aug 12, 2013 7:03:51 AM


  4. The Latin King Goonies, huh. They probably already have a branch in the prison he's going to and when he comes back to the streets of Bronx in 2 years, he'll be -what's the term in Goodfellas? - "made".

    Posted by: MIke | Aug 12, 2013 7:12:21 AM


  5. The cops who did the same thing to Abner Louima got far harsher sentences.

    Posted by: kodiak | Aug 12, 2013 7:33:05 AM


  6. Probably has a plunger tattoo.

    Posted by: kodiak | Aug 12, 2013 7:34:07 AM


  7. Seven years too little. Twenty one more like it. Ten for each person he torture!

    Posted by: Monroc | Aug 12, 2013 7:58:48 AM


  8. I certainly hope he gets to experience multiple "plungers" in prison. What an animal. He should be sent to Russia.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 12, 2013 8:05:22 AM


  9. MONSTER. EVIL. SICK. POS. VILE. MONSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Lipstick Diva | Aug 12, 2013 8:33:54 AM


  10. The family of TRASH like this always rally around and support them with SICK commentary in the press making their spawn some angel.

    When I was growing up, my parents would hurt me if I stole an orange from a store. They would force me to face extra punishment, including working at the store for a month (for free)....at 11 years old.

    If I brutally hurt someone, they wouldn't be smiling holding my hand, or praising me to the press like this piece of trashes family have been. May they all get their karma soon.

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Aug 12, 2013 8:35:50 AM


  11. Hope he chokes on his meal and or gets offed in prison. Scum.

    Posted by: Jere | Aug 12, 2013 8:36:18 AM


  12. I'd never say this and never have, but may he, and all the thug gang members AND their families who supported them get terminal diseases that force them to slow, painful agony. This right here is a bunch of barbarian beasts that don't deserve anything.

    Posted by: Jersey Girl | Aug 12, 2013 8:38:18 AM


  13. Swine. Evil. evil swine. And raised like that too, judging by the support they've been getting from they no good families. Swine.

    Posted by: Two Dads | Aug 12, 2013 8:38:58 AM


  14. They are smiling? The torture they made those boys go through was NAZI GERMANY like. And his family has nerve to crack any smile in front of the cameras?

    I agree with others. Karma. And may she be horrific to them.

    Posted by: Kyle | Aug 12, 2013 8:42:32 AM


  15. Don't call him an animal. I have an animal at home. A rescued cocker spaniel mix who has shown my incredible kindness, approached every stranger with a lick, and visits sick children at the children's hospital to comfort them. This is a monster. Animals are far more evolved than the monsters in this story.

    Posted by: J. Alfonso | Aug 12, 2013 8:44:11 AM


  16. Do you all not remember the larry king trial when after the trial, jurors wore bracelets in support of the straight boy who shot the gay boy in cold blood?
    There's very little justice for crimes against gay people in our nation.

    Posted by: BamaMan | Aug 12, 2013 8:45:15 AM


  17. SICK.

    Revolting.

    Posted by: C.J | Aug 12, 2013 8:45:32 AM


  18. And its because of cases like this and stories like these I roll up my sleeves and fight for LGBT. And so should all of us.

    Posted by: Klien | Aug 12, 2013 8:46:15 AM


  19. Huh? I've never even HEARD about this case. This is vile. Why were there not more attention placed on this story? Even if the victims were straight, LGBT groups had a duty to mandate press, and a swift national response about this. Was this even given much national attention? I live in the east coast and hardly heard about it.

    Posted by: Domino | Aug 12, 2013 8:47:45 AM


  20. Sounds to me like before trying to clean up Russia, it do us some good as American LGBT to be just as passionate, engaged, and involved in fighting for respect, rights and protection within our own streets?

    Posted by: Lee | Aug 12, 2013 8:48:40 AM


  21. LEE what about both?? Have you heard of the term short and long term strategies?? Or a plan? Or macro and micro problems?

    You're not that smart but let me give you a clue: Your domestic issues will require different KINDS of people to fight that cause. For example, something like this happening in inner cities to ethnic minorities? It wouldn't work particularly well to have a white upper middle class liberal go into that neighborhood to campaign OR to speak nationally about the issue. Riiight? Likewise the ones to do with white right wing conservatives in red states would not to do well with people from a different state who are atheists and liberals, try and go there to fight the issue.

    This isn't rocket science and is the reason why so many campaigns FAIL. Target the right people to fight in the right areas.

    As an educated liberal who is not good at one to one situations and likes to see where there money goes-I put my energy on macro issues like these that have a bigger impact on the world as a whole.

    Posted by: Rowan | Aug 12, 2013 9:02:53 AM


  22. Horrible story. And this is happening in New York.

    Posted by: D | Aug 12, 2013 9:03:31 AM


  23. Rowan,
    What are you ranting about now? You want to throw a hissy fit in every story.

    Posted by: Butch Bear | Aug 12, 2013 9:16:09 AM


  24. Some of you are funny. How many reading this are familiar with the Bronx and the neighborhoods this occurred in? It the epitome of everything that's wrong with many aspects [not all, but many] of 'progressive' social engineering and social policies in America over the past half century.

    Here's a clue; violence is THE NORM in their part of The Bronx. Has been for 50 plus years, but became very, very bad from the 1970s onwards. All the housing projects, section 8, WIC, food stamps, SSI, etc., etc., [and uncontrolled and out of control immigration, especially illegal] has not and will not make everything better. The only difference I can see from over say the past 30 years [and from what I've been told by very reliable and honest people who remember the 60s and 70s] that has improved is:

    1) Murders are way down, but this is due to many things, including superior trauma treatment for gunshot victims, and vigorous pro-active police procedures and activity in the worse neighborhoods and housing projects. Also, locking violent offenders up for LONG periods of time helps tremendously. But, if they do 10 years and are still relatively young when they come back to the streets, expect elevated levels of extreme violence.

    2) Many 'ghetto' neighborhoods I remember well as a child 25-30 years ago looked like post WW2 Germany or something out of a zombie movie. Almost all have been fixed up and they look far better, even nice, compared to the bad old days of the 70s and 80s, early 90s. DON'T BE FOOLED by how 'nice' and 'normal' everything may now look; the mentality is still alive and well.

    People get shot, stabbed, assaulted, 'tortured' EVERY DAY in bad parts of The Bronx and other urban areas of the country. It's so friggin commonplace, no one notices anymore. People hear 'drive by shooting' in such and such neighborhood, and immediately lose interest. People here a body is found in such and such neighborhood and no one bats an eyelash [unless of course it's a pretty white girl from a middle or upper middle class background, then there will be 'outrage'.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 12, 2013 9:39:05 AM


  25. Some of you are funny. How many reading this are familiar with the Bronx and the neighborhoods this occurred in? It the epitome of everything that's wrong with many aspects [not all, but many] of 'progressive' social engineering and social policies in America over the past half century.

    Here's a clue; violence is THE NORM in their part of The Bronx. Has been for 50 plus years, but became very, very bad from the 1970s onwards. All the housing projects, section 8, WIC, food stamps, SSI, etc., etc., [and uncontrolled and out of control immigration, especially illegal] has not and will not make everything better. The only difference I can see from over say the past 30 years [and from what I've been told by very reliable and honest people who remember the 60s and 70s] that has improved is:

    1) Murders are way down, but this is due to many things, including superior trauma treatment for gunshot victims, and vigorous pro-active police procedures and activity in the worse neighborhoods and housing projects. Also, locking violent offenders up for LONG periods of time helps tremendously. But, if they do 10 years and are still relatively young when they come back to the streets, expect elevated levels of extreme violence.

    2) Many 'ghetto' neighborhoods I remember well as a child 25-30 years ago looked like post WW2 Germany or something out of a zombie movie. Almost all have been fixed up and they look far better, even nice, compared to the bad old days of the 70s and 80s, early 90s. DON'T BE FOOLED by how 'nice' and 'normal' everything may now look; the mentality is still alive and well.

    People get shot, stabbed, assaulted, 'tortured' EVERY DAY in bad parts of The Bronx and other urban areas of the country. It's so friggin commonplace, no one notices anymore. People hear 'drive by shooting' in such and such neighborhood, and immediately lose interest. People here a body is found in such and such neighborhood and no one bats an eyelash [unless of course it's a pretty white girl from a middle or upper middle class background, then there will be 'outrage'.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 12, 2013 9:39:05 AM


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