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Posted at 5:18 PM ET, 04/30/2010

D.C. man convicted of hate crime

By Washington Post editors


A southeast Washington man has been found guilty of punching a 67-year-old gay man in what jurors determined was a hate crime.

Forty-two-year-old Anthony Wright was also found guilty on Wednesday of threatening to stab the man on a separate occasion.

Prosecutors say Wright harassed the victim — his neighbor — on almost daily for two years before turning violent. Then on June 6, he punched the victim without provocation in front of other neighbors.

Prosecutors say Wright continued to harass the victim, calling him names every Sunday as the victim left for church. On Aug. 27, he followed the man into his building and threatened to stab him.

A jury convicted Wright on Wednesday. He faces up to nine months on each count when he is sentenced May 12.

-- Associated Press

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By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 5:18 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  Hate crime, Jury, Washington  
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Anthony Wright's punishment should be to receive the same harassment, assault, and intimidation that he inflicted on his neighbor for the past two years.

I hope the prison population is particularly unkind to him.

Posted by: popkultur | April 30, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

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