Yesterday I posted about the anti-gay attack at Robert's Lafitte, a gay-friendly bar in Galveston, Texas. Three men (photo, below) were arrested after one held open a door and the other two hurled rocks at the customers inside. The men are now being held on $120,000 bond and hate crime enhancements have been added to their charges, the Houston Chronicle reports:
"This marks only thesecond time the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office has pursuedsuch enhancements, based on the staff’s recollections, said prosecutorJennifer Ott. As a result,brothers Lawrence Henry Lewis III, 20, and Lawrneil Henry Lewis, 18,and their cousin, Alejandro Sam Gray, 17 could face an elevatedpunishment of five to 99 years or life in prison if a jury convictsthem of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and agrees theycommitted a hate crime. The trio is accusedof hurling large rocks or pieces of concrete at patrons inside Robert’sLafitte in the 2500 block of Avenue Q around 8 p.m. Sunday, injuringtwo men, including one who tried to chase them. Marc Bosaw, 57,needed 12 staples to close a laceration to the back of his head, whileJames Troy Nickelson, 39, was struck in the jaw. One of the threesuspects later told police their intent was to target homosexuals, saidGalveston Police Department Lt. D.J. Alvarez. The trio also hurledhomophobic insults, authorities said."
Robert's Lafitte was one of the first businesses to reopen after Hurricane Ivan devastated Galveston lat September, providing food and water for the community.
Watch an interview with Bosaw and other bar patrons, AFTER THE JUMP…