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Teen Gets Jail in Bias Beating at NYC Gay Bar

NEW YORK – A teenager involved in an anti-gay attack at a landmark New York City gay bar is headed for two months in jail.

Christopher Orlando didn’t speak at his sentencing Tuesday. Defense lawyer John Rapawy says the 18-year-old “just wants to put this behind him.”

Orlando pleaded guilty in September to charges including assault as a hate crime.

Co-defendant Matthew Francis was accused of beating a man in the Stonewall Inn’s bathroom after using an anti-gay slur. Prosecutors say Orlando tackled the man and held him down.

Francis also pleaded guilty. He’s serving two years in prison. His lawyer has said Francis was high on drugs during the attack.

Patrons’ defiance of a 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn became a defining moment in the gay rights movement.


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