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Indiana Man Sentenced To 65 Years In Prison for Fatal Beating of Gay Army Veteran

A northern Indiana man convicted of fatally beating a gay Afghanistan war veteran has been sentenced to the maximum 65 years in prison.

Jabreeh Davis-Martin was sentenced Tuesday after being convicted of murder in the January 2016 slaying 27-year-old Jodie Henderson, a member of the Army National Guard.

Henderson, 27, was found the morning of Jan.16, 2016, lying in the street, beaten to death in South Bend.

Henderson was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and he was also gay. Henderson had feelings for Davis-Martin, and supposedly Davis-Martin was also gay, according to testimony during the trial. Davis-Martin’s lawyers argued that  their client killed Henderson because he was going to out him.

But even though sexual orientation motivated the killing, hate crime legislation had nothing to do with the sentencing. Indiana is one of only five states that lack hate crime protections. Not for race, religion, sex, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation. Henderson’s family supported reform, but an attempt to make such a law failed in February at the state’s General Assembly.

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