A New York City
jury on Tuesday convicted a Brooklyn man of a hate-crime
assault in the brutal beating of a gay man last year. Steven
Pomie, 23, faces up to 25 years in prison when
he's sentenced on April 24.
Prosecutors say Pomie beat, kicked, and stomped
28-year-old Dwan Prince on June 8, 2005, calling him
"faggot." Two neighbors testified at Pomie's trial
that they were attending to Prince after the first attack
when Pomie returned and landed one final bloody kick with
his boot. Two other men involved in the beating have
not been caught.
Prince used to work demolition and as a porter.
Now, after enduring a coma and three brain surgeries,
he says he can barely walk and is in constant physical pain.
The New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence
Project commended police and the district attorney's
office for "excellent work" in bringing Pomie to
justice. But project director Clarence Patton notes
that Prince and his family "will live with the pain
inflicted by Pomie's hatred for the rest of their
lives." (Sirius OutQ News)