Malachi Robinson who pled guilty to shooting a 16-year-old eight times because of his sexual orientation has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act .
The 16 year old identified as “M.S.” in court documents met outside the Kansas City Public Library in May 2019, Robinson and M.S. talked briefly online, and walked for a time in Swope Park, according to court documents. Robinson suggested they walk into a wooded area to engage in a sex act, then Robinson messaged his girlfriend that he “might shoot this boy” because he is gay.
When M.S. changed his mind, and turned to leave the woods, Robinson shot him with a 8times in the back with a Taurus 9mm pistol. M.S. survived the shooting after spending two weeks in the hospital. He has since undergone multiple surgeries and has been doing physical therapy and living with several bullets inside him, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
U.S. District Judge Brian Wimes sentenced Robinson to o 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole.
The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, passed in 2009, created a new federal law that criminalized bodily injury when it was committed because of perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.