Boy convicted in gay brother murder case

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July 16 2003 12:00 AM ET

A 15-year-old boy was convicted of third-degree murder in Greensburg, Pa., Monday on charges that he
beat his brother to death with a claw hammer, in part, prosecutors and witnesses said, because he thought his brother was gay. A jury found Ian Bishop guilty in the 2002 death of 18-year-old Adam Bishop, also convicting him of conspiracy to commit murder. He faces up to 40 years in prison on each charge. Defense attorney Tom Ceraso said he was disappointed with the verdict, although his client was spared the life sentence a first-degree murder conviction would have brought. Prosecutor Patrick Noonan said he was satisfied with the conviction. Prosecutors argued that Ian Bishop, then 14, disliked his brother because he thought the older sibling was gay and because he often sided with his parents in disciplining Ian. The defense contended Ian Bishop was acting in self-defense during a fight.

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