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Michigan Man Pleads Guilty To Anti-Gay Hate Crime

By Zack Ford on August 30, 2012 at 10:45 am

"Michigan Man Pleads Guilty To Anti-Gay Hate Crime"

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A Michigan man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of a hate crime for assaulting a man because he believed he was gay. This marks the second time federal authorities have applied hate crime charges based on the victim’s sexual orientation; the first case is still pending in Kentucky. Everett Dwayne Avery will be sentenced in November and faces up to 10 years in prison for striking a man in the face, including fracturing his eye socket. According to the Williams Institute, gay men face significantly higher rates of hate-motivated violence than other targeted groups.

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