Frederick Giunta was sentenced Wednesday to three and a half years behind bars after pleading guilty last month to an attack in one of New York City's oldest gay bars.
Giunta, 45, reportedly entered Julius' bar in October, where he attacked a patron while spouting racial and antigay insults. Police said the victim was attempting to defuse an argument between Giunta and a bartender who refused Giunta service because he was already drunk. According to reports, Giunta called the bartender racial and homophobic slurs before striking him.
"I had no hatred in my heart," he said during his sentencing, according to the New York Post. "I don't consider myself a violent person. I do accept the guilt. I do have remorse for what I'd done."
In addition to the sentence for the hate-crime assault and attempted robbery, Giunta will serve two years in prison for a prior parole violation.
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