Hate crime defendant mouths off at sentencing; judge drops plea deal

Overmyer, Ove
December 2008
Empty Closet;Dec2008/Jan2009, Issue 419, p1A
The article reports on the decision of Monroe County Court Judge Richard Keenan to sentence hate crime defendant Jesse Parsons to four years imprisonment for beating gay man Lance Neve in a Spencerport bar in New York in March 2008 despite of his guilty plea. Neve was brought at the Strong Hospital after suffering a fractured skull, nose, upper jaw and eye socket due to the attack. He experienced verbal abuse from Parsons even after he agreed to let him plea bargain. The ruling came after Parsons said that Neve deserves to be beaten.


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