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Assault Conviction for Oregon Fight

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – A man who was called a derogatory name and then injured in a fight says he feels relieved by the assault conviction returned by a jury in Corvallis against a Gresham man.

Chris Churilla says he was walking home in May of last year when someone in a group of five men yelled a derogatory epithet for homosexuals. The 35-year-old Churilla fought with one of them and suffered a skull fracture.

The jury last week convicted 21-year-old Garrett Max Strasburg of Gresham of misdemeanor assault and attempted felony assault.

The Gazette-Times reports the prosecutor called Strasburg a bully. His defense lawyer said Strasburg has no bias against homosexuals, and the fighting was self-defense.

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