published Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

2 Georgia men sentenced in anti-gay hate crime

ATLANTA — Two men were sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Wednesday for their involvement in a hate crime against a gay man in southwest Atlanta.

Christopher Cain, 19, and Dorian Moragne, 20, were sentenced for beating Brandon White, 20, in February 2012 because of his sexual orientation.

This case is the first time federal prosecutors have filed hate crime charges based on sexual orientation in Georgia.

Their federal sentences will run concurrently with five-year sentences they’ve already been ordered to serve in state prison.

A third man, Darael Williams, was also sentenced to serve five years in state prison and all three are ordered to serve five years of probation.

Each of the men was charged with aggravated assault, robbery by force and criminal street gang activity.

Officials have said White was walking out of a store in Atlanta’s Pittsburgh neighborhood when he became the target of an unprovoked beating. White didn’t report the incident to police until cellphone footage of it surfaced on the Internet.

White told WSB-TV he’s glad that the incident was prosecuted as a hate crime.

He said he hopes others will see there are consequences for “beating on a person simply because the way they are, whether it be race, sexuality, gender. It’s not allowed.”

Lawyers for Moragne and Cain have said both men are remorseful and that the crime was born out of stupidity, not hatred.

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