Morehouse attack labeled a hate crime

BY Advocate.com Editors

November 23 2002 1:00 AM ET

A 19-year-old Morehouse College student accused of beating another student with a baseball bat will be prosecuted under Georgia's hate-crime law, District Attorney Paul Howard said. Howard said Thursday that prosecutors will announce at the arraignment for Aaron Price that they will seek an enhanced penalty that could add as much as five years to his sentence. Anyone convicted under the hate-crime law is required to serve 90% of the sentence.

Price was indicted on aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges for the November 3 attack. The sophomore was expelled from the Atlanta school and is free on $10,000 bail. The victim, Gregory Love, a junior, told police he wasn't wearing his glasses when he entered his dormitory bathroom to take a shower. Love said he looked into Price's stall because he mistakenly thought Price was his roommate. Price said he thought Love was making a sexual advance. Police said Price left the shower and retrieved a bat to beat Love, who is now recovering from a fractured skull.

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