Man admits killing Sakia Gunn, gets 20 years

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April 22 2005 11:00 PM ET

A Newark, N.J., man who admitted fatally stabbing a 15-year-old lesbian during a confrontation on a downtown street was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison.

Richard McCullough had faced up to 30 years after pleading guilty last month to aggravated manslaughter, aggravated assault, and bias intimidation. McCullough, 30, had been charged with bias murder in the May 2003 killing of Sakia Gunn, but that charge was dropped as part of a plea bargain.

Gunn and four other girls were waiting for a bus in downtown Newark when McCullough and another man drove up and asked them if they wanted to go to a party. Officials said the girls responded that they were lesbians and were not interested. The men began spewing homophobic insults and a fight began, authorities said. Gunn was stabbed as she came to the defense of a friend. (AP)

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