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.
Matt Massey of KSAT reported on his Twitter account that the altercation began when the groups left the club to get tacos which are sold outside. One of the men was called a slur and the situation escalated. The manager of Pegasus said that he heard 8 shots fired outside the club.
None of those shot were involved in the initial confrontation.
This is a developing story. Please check up as we will update this story with the latest developments.
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An orphaned 19-year-old with a troubled past and an AR-15 rifle was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder Thursday morning after being questioned for hours by state and federal authorities following the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in five years. Fifteen wounded survivors were hospitalized as bodies were recovered from inside and around Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Nikolas Jacob Cruz was booked into the Broward County Jail early Thursday, still wearing the hospital gown he was given after being treated for labored breathing following his arrest. Just before gunfire broke out, some students at the school thought they were having another fire drill. A law enforcement source said the suspect appears to have pulled the school fire alarm, causing chaos, then started shooting, reports CBS News news senior investigative producer Pat Milton.
An official is familiar with the investigation is saying that Cruz legally purchased his AR-15 rifle about a year ago. Federal law allows people 18 and over to legally purchase long guns. At 21, people can legally buy handguns from a licensed dealer.
The NRA said “the AR-15 has soared in popularity” because it’s “customizable, adaptable, reliable and accurate.” It is also versatile and can be used for “sport shooting, hunting and self-defense situations,” the NRA said, adding the ability to “personalize” so many of the rifle’s components “is one of the things that makes it so unique.”
The NRA estimates Americans own more than 8 million of them.
“What I would call an attack on religious freedom is trickling down in our country. It’s not just isolated to the administration but it’s as if the President and his administration’s indifference towards religious freedom has really created an open season all across this country. In fact next week down in Tampa as the Republican National Committee begins its work on its platform we’ll be working with Liberty Institute and we’ll be releasing a study that shows this increased hostility towards religious freedom in this country.” – Tony Perkins, who sits on the RNC platform committee, is a political commentator for BOTH CNN and MSNBC, and is connected to White supremacist groups
Oh great another bought and paid for biases and flawed study. Anything to keep the gravy train with biscuit wheels going.
And this is just the beginning kids. It’s just the event that Tony Perkins and every religious right hate group have been waiting for and they, their followers, the GOP are sharpening up their pitch forks and scythes while the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD and The Task Force are closing their eyes, putting their fingers in their ears and hoping that it goes away so they don’t actually have to work and fight back.
Police say the teenager was shot when the gangs got into a confrontation late Saturday as they headed to the parade attended by nearly 70,000 people in Juiz de Fora. Police detained 17 youngsters, including a man suspected of firing the shots that killed the teenager. Their ages were not immediately released.
FOX40- KTXL Sacramento and SFGate are reporting that that 3 to 4 people were in the Castro late last night during Pink Saturday celebrations.
Police responded to reports of multiple gunshots fired at Castro and Market Streets along the 2300 block in front of “The Cafe,” a popular gay nightclub. A teenage male sustained life-threatening injuries and two other individuals were wounded. A 19-year-old man was taken into custody in connection with the shooting and a weapon was recovered, KGO-AM reported.
Saturday evening’s shooting was a flashback to a similar incident that occurred during a public event on Halloween in 2006. The shooting, believed to be gang-related, led to the cancellation of future Halloween events in San Francisco’s predominantly-gay Castro district.
PLEASE be aware and be careful out there everyone……
NYC news is reporting that two gay men were shot at 4:30am this morning outside Chelsea’s M2 Ultralounge, which is hosting the annual post-Black Party event Alegria Extreme. One man was shot in the foot and the other was shot in the leg as both patrons stood in the club’s outside smoking area. Police have not made an arrest and have not determined if the shooting may have been a hate crime.