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.
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.
Miami police are searching for four male subjects (shown above) in connection to a hate crime attack on Miami Beach.
According to a police report, three of the four subjects approached two men standing near the restrooms on the 500 block of Ocean Drive at approximately 7:40 p.m. and began to hit them repeatedly.
One of the subjects yelled an anti-gay slur at one of the victims before hitting him.
The two victims began to run away, only to be chased by their attackers.
A third victim saw the two men being chased and tried to help, but he was hit and knocked to the ground.
The attackers then walked east towards the beach and fled south on the beach
Miami Beach public information officer, Ernesto Rodriguez said, “This is a weekend on Miami Beach where we celebrate equality. Something like this is completely uncalled for and unnecessary and we really need to hold these people responsible, accountable.”