A man was sentenced to four years in prison for beating a gay man outside a bar near Buffalo, N.Y., in 2008, but the judge found insufficient evidence to prove a hate crime.
According to WBEN, "Joshua Holts, 26, was found guilty of second-degree assault in July. Prosecutors say video surveillance tape from outside Casey's Bar clearly shows Holts repeatedly striking 47-year-old Scott Wright in the head and face. Over the last couple of years, Wright has had multiple surgeries to repair the damage to his eyes and face."
Holts allegedly shouted antigay slurs at Wright during the attack, but WBEN reports that Erie County Judge Thomas Franczyk determined there was not enough evidence to prove a hate crime.