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Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison After Trying to Beat the Gay Out of His Disabled Brother

A judge sentenced 38-year-old Lawrence Featheroff to 30 months in prison after Featheroff pleaded guilty to attempted complicity to commit felonious assault and abduction on charges related to his disabled brother, the Columbus Dispatch reports:

FeatheroffDetective Brian Lowe testified at the sentencing hearing that Featheroff told investigators he was upset that his brother had told him he had sexual thoughts about men and boys.

Featheroff said he “wanted to toughen him up to push the gay out of him and make him a normal person,” Lowe testified.

He bloodied his brother’s nose on one occasion. Another time, he held a butcher knife under his genitals and threatened to cut them off, Lowe testified.

Meyers and Featheroff are among eight siblings who all were taken from their mother as children and sent to live with different foster families, some of whom adopted them. They reunited as adults and have become a family again, said some of the siblings who attended the sentencing to support Featheroff.

Lancaster police found Meyers with a concussion, a sprained ankle and bruises on his face and around his eye when they checked on him on Jan. 15. That came after one of the men’s siblings called police, concerned that abuse might be occurring at the house.

Featheroff was put in charge of his brother even after serving time for domestic violence.

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  1. "Featheroff was put in charge of his brother even after serving time for domestic violence."

    Who is going to be held responsible for this?!

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 15, 2014 1:03:31 PM

  2. I have a good friend who endured similar beatings from his father as a child - and my friend isn't even actually GAY - he's simply a nice, kind, gentle and compassionate straight man - something his drunken violent small-town boor of a father couldn't comprehend.

    Similarly, a buddy of mine endured three "gay exorcisms" before he was even 16 years old. They were violent, they were part of a "Christian de-gaying therapy" done in the US, they caused him not just mental anguish but physical scars that exist to this day, nearly 15 years later.

    Amazing how all of this could be solved through proper education; what homosexuality is, who we are, and leave all the misogynistic and religious mumbo-jumbo in the dirt where it belongs.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 15, 2014 1:07:56 PM

  3. How could a creature like this be put in charge of a disabled person?

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 15, 2014 1:37:35 PM

  4. Don't they know all they need to do it go down to the lake and get some leaches place them all over the body and then do a bleeding and we will be healed.

    Posted by: Jaysonn | Apr 15, 2014 1:52:50 PM

  5. Traditional Family Values come in many flavors. Some re good, nourishing and lead to happier lives. Then there are this kind of ugliness.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Apr 15, 2014 2:16:02 PM

  6. "Men and boys.." Well, maybe it was the "boys" reference that got him riled up. ANY adult that confesses an attraction to "boys" is dangerous.

    How old is the disabled brother?

    Posted by: Tre | Apr 15, 2014 2:46:06 PM

  7. Obviously nothing warrants violence, but yes the boys part of his admitted attraction bothers me. I mean depending on his age an 18 year old can be a boy which would still be legal but yeah that's disturbing but his brother shouldn't have hurt him.

    Posted by: Derrick | Apr 15, 2014 2:50:23 PM

  8. I'm assuming his disability prevents him from fighting back or having sex.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 15, 2014 4:46:16 PM

  9. I don't think we should jump to any conclusions about whether the objects of his affections are below the age of consent just because he expressed attraction to "men and boys". If a heterosexual male were to say he was attracted to girls I don't think anyone would assume that meant he was a would-be child molester.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 15, 2014 9:42:53 PM

  10. I agree with Bill here. Also, I think it was the "gay" thing that bothered Featheroff since he “wanted to toughen him up to push the gay out of him and make him a normal person.”

    Posted by: Jamie | Apr 16, 2014 12:20:13 AM

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