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04/19/2007


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.


Man Says He Was Assaulted, Robbed and Raped at Gunpoint by Man He Met on Grindr: VIDEO

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A Canadian man says he was raped, assaulted, and robbed by a man he met on Grindr while at a conference in Philadelphia, NBC10 reports:

SuspectThe 34-year-old victim, whose identity we are withholding, tells NBC10.com exclusively that he invited the suspect to his hotel room inside the Hilton Home 2 Suites at 12th and Arch Streets around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday after talking with him over Grindr.

When the suspect arrived, the man says he was held up at gunpoint and sexually assaulted.

“The whole thing was just a giant blur. I was scared and I kept thinking if i just do what he says, then he'll just go away," the man said.

Following the assault, the victim said he was forced to buy four $500 Visa gift cards. He was then walked to five nearby ATMs and told to withdraw $200 from each cash machine.

A struggle during which the man says he was able to escape was captured on surveillance video.

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Philadelphia Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect. The man is described as 20-years-old, standing 5 foot 11-inches tall with wavy hair and star tattoos on the back of his right hand. He was wearing a dark colored jacket, dark blue jeans and tan boots.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the tipline at 215.686.TIPS.

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Gay Chilean Man Dies of Injuries Suffered in Homophobic Attack

Wladimir Sepulveda, a 21-year-old Chilean man, has died of injuries suffered in a brutal homophobic attack last October. He has been in a coma since, El Pais reports:

SepulvedaAccording to the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh) – the country’s largest gay collective – Sepúlveda was beaten by at least four suspects as he was walking home with a friend after swimming in a nearby river in San Francisco de Mostazal, south of the Chilean capital.

Both Sepúlveda’s family and Movilh have announced they will press charges against all the suspects under anti-gay discrimination legislation that was passed following the violent 2012 death of another homosexual, Daniel Zamudio, which shocked the country.

“This latest death just goes to show how much more we have to advance as a society,” said Álvaro Elizalde, a government spokesman, in a statement. “We hope that justice will be served, the facts of the case are cleared, and the corresponding punishment is determined.”

The Santiago Times adds that LGBT rights groups are outraged over the judicial process:

Campaign group and legal representatives of the victim’s family, the Movement for Integration and Homosexual Freedom (Movilh), criticized the judge presiding over the trial in a public statement on Sunday.

“Today, Wladimir lost his life while the only person to admit to the crime, Christopher Morales, is only on night-time house arrest as a result of the incomprehensible decision of Judge Pablo Aceituno,” reads the statement. “This judge is the same person who — at the beginning of proceedings and without knowing the details of the case — discounted the possibility that this was a homophobic attack. Furthermore, he suggested it was ‘logical and normal’ to attack someone based on their sexual orientation. In light of this unacceptable behavior, we are considering taking disciplinary action against the judge.”

Families and friends of Sepúlveda say they have received threats after charges were made.

Movilh President Rolando Jiménez said the Sepúlveda case highlighted flaws in the country’s first comprehensive anti-discrimination law — dubbed the “Zamudio law” in commemoration of the 24-year-old slain by self-proclaimed neo-nazis in 2012.

“One of the most important issues is to invert the burden of proof. It should be the brutal attackers — like those in the case of Wladimir — who must prove their actions were not based on prejudice rather than leaving it to the victim to prove the presence of homophobia,” Jiménez said in a press release. “In this instance, the law descends into absurdity. Wladimir has been in a vegetative state since the attack, how can he prove his version of events?”


Miami Man Attempts to Murder Gay Couple and Their 8 Children in Arson Attack: VIDEO

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A 73-year-old registered sex offender faces charges of second-degree murder, arson, and a hate crime after attempting to burn down the home of a lesbian couple and their eight children while the family was inside of it, CBS Miami reports:

ValenzuelavillanuevaMiami-Dade Police said Braulio Valenzuela-Villanueva, 73, entered the lot next door to his on NW 27th Avenue and allegedly set fire to a mattress that was leaning against the wall of the trailer occupied by the women and children.

Police said as the fire began to get worse, “the defendant hurried back to his residence.” The fire began to burn the trailer, but there were no smoke detectors inside, police said. A neighbor from across the street saw the fire and began to alert people of the impending danger.

The women and children inside the burning trailer escaped after being awakened by the neighbor from across the street. Police said Valenzuela-Villanueva came out of his home and “casually began observing the fire. In fact one of his neighbors had to compel him to assist bringing a garden hose” to fight the fire.

The fire department came and put the fire out. A surveillance video shows Valenzuela-Villanueva setting fire to the mattress.

Valenzuela-Villanueva told police he tried to burn the house down because they were gay:

"He stated that he despised the two adult victims for the simple fact that they were lesbians," the report said. "According to the defendant, every time he saw them kissing he felt a deep repugnance, and in his opinion they did not deserve to have children."

He is in custody.

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Jury Convicts Oregon Mother in Killing of 4-Year-Old Son She Thought Might Be Gay

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Late last week we reported on the trial of Jessica Dutro, an Oregon mom charged with one count of murder, five counts of murder by abuse and one count of second-degree assault in the death of her 4-year-old son.

Dutro had instructed her boyfriend Brian Canady, who has already pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault in the child's death, to "work on" her son, Zachary, sending him a Facebook message that she thought the 4-year-old was gay:  “He walks and talks like it. Ugh.”

A jury convicted yesterday on all seven counts after less than an hour of deliberation.

The Oregonian reports that it was likely the heartbreaking testimony of Dutro's daughter that helped convict her:

If jurors believed nothing else, prosecutors said Wednesday, they should believe the girl. She watched her mom and her mom's boyfriend fatally beat Zachary Dutro-Boggess Aug. 12, 2012, the day before his 4th birthday.

"They beat up my brother, then he died," the girl told her counselor. "I seen them."

To a Tigard detective, she said, "Jessica and Brian, they kept hitting him and punching him. He didn't listen to them so they kicked him and punched him and stuff and they kept doing it and doing it. ... They knew he were sick and stuff. And they didn't tell anybody."

Dutro reportedly showed no reaction to the conviction.


Gay Michigan Woman Assaulted by Man Who Saw Her Marry on the News: REPORT

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A couple marries in Washtenaw county.

A Michigan woman tells police she was assaulted after appearing on the news for her marriage to a woman in Washtenaw County, one of four counties that began marrying same-sex couples after the state's ban was struck down and before a stay was put in place.

WWJ reports:

A 28-year-old lesbian told authorities she was walking home after getting off a bus, Monday evening in Ypsilanti Township, when she was assaulted by three men — one of whom shouted,“Hey b—. Are you that f— from the news?”

The victim told Sheriff’s officials she’d been on TV talking about how she had recently married her partner in Washtenaw County.

The woman said one of the men punched her in the face, knocking her unconscious. She woke up on the ground, she said, to a second man kicking her in her stomach.

The attack happened in the parking lot of an apartment complex and three suspects are wanted:

One of the suspects is described as a white male in his mid-20s, 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall and heavy-set, with a low or husky voice. The victim could not provide a description of the other two suspects.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s office confidential tip line at 734-973-7711 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP. Tipsters may remain anonymous.


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