Back in 2018 we reported on four men who attacked a gay couple following the Miami Beach Pride parade hitting them repeatedly and calling them anti-gay slurs. Now, 5 years after the hateful and violent display took place the four men involved were found guilty of a hate crime — but also managed to avoid jail.
NBC affiliate reports: Four men accused of attacking a gay couple after a Miami Beach pride parade back in 2018 have avoided prison time under a plea deal. Juan Carlos Lopez, Luis Alonso, Adonis Diaz and Pablo Figueroa were accused of beating a gay couple and calling them anti-gay slurs after the Pride Parade on South Beach. The four had been facing hefty prison sentences after they were charges with aggravated battery with enhanced hate crime charges. But under Monday’s plea deal, the charges were changed to battery with prejudice, a second-degree felony. All four received five years of probation, 200 hours of community service, and have to complete an anger management course.
The four men in February failed to convince a judge that they were defending themselves under the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground defense, were found guilty of a pair of felony battery charges and sentenced to five years of probation. They’re also required to do 200 hours of community service and take anger management and substance abuse classes.
But before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan agreed to grant the plea deal, all four were required to apologize to Dmitry Logonov and Rene Chalarca.
The victims were in court as the men “were required to apologize “… The Court should apologizing to the victims for this miscarriage of justice and such a light sentence.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan, previously served as a US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; she was a Trump appointee.