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15 Year Old Guilty In Pride Day Attacks

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15 Year Old Guilty In Pride Day Attacks

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

September 19, 2006 - 1:00 pm ET

(San Diego, California) A 15-year old boy faces up to 13 years in custody after pleading guilty to his part in the stabbing and beating of six men leaving San Diego's gay pride on July 29.

The teen, who cannot be named because he is a minor, entered the guilty plea Monday to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon that included hate-crime sentencing enhancements.

He will return to court October 4 for sentencing.

The teen is one of four people charged in the attacks. A preliminary hearing will begin later this week for James Carroll, Lyonn Tatum, and Kenneth Lincoln. They're charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, all carrying hate crime enhancements.

Both Carroll and Lincoln have criminal records. Lincoln was on parole in connection with another crime when he was arrested.

Prosecutor Oscar Garcia said that witnesses told police they heard Carroll and Tatum and Carroll talking about going out to rob people to get drug money on the night of the attacks and that the two left with a baseball bat and knife.

The victims had just left Balboa Park when the assailants began taunting them with homophobic remarks, according to police.

The attackers then began fighting with the men and at one point one of the assailants began swinging a baseball bat hitting one of victims in the back of the head.

The other victims were also struck by the bat and one of them said he then felt what he described as something sharp stabbing him in the back possibly from a knife.

The attacks came a week after California's Attorney General released a report showing one-in-five hate crimes in the state was perpetrated against members of the LGBT community. (story)

©365Gay.com 2006

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