4 Men Who Attacked Gay Couple at Miami PRIDE Charged With Hate Crime
A month ago we reported here about the four men who attacked a gay couple following the Miami Beach Pride parade hitting them repeatedly and calling them anti-gay slurs.
The Miami Herald reports that today that the four men: Pablo Reinaldo Romo-Figueroa, 21, Luis Alonso-Piovet, 20, Juan C. Lopez, 21, and Adonis Diaz, 21 will be charged under Florida’s hate-crime enhancement law..
Via The Miami Herald:
The group was charged with aggravated battery committed with prejudice, which means each could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the attack that took place during Miami Beach’s annual gay-pride parade.”
Under Florida law, aggravated battery is normally a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. But if it’s committed because of someone’s sexual orientation, the crime becomes a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.”
A day after the attack, Miami Beach police released surveillance video of the attack which went viral and was played on many mainstream and gay media outlets.