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Pair Guilty In Brutal Gay Attack

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: September 16, 2005 1:00 pm ET

(Austin, Texas) Two men have pleaded guilty in the beating and rape of a gay Austin man in a plea bargain that will see them back on the streets in six years or less.

Donald Bockman, 25, and Darren Gay, 22, were originally charged with aggravated sexual assault and aggravated robbery and faced life imprisonment. Under a deal with prosecutors the aggravated sexual assault charges were dropped.

The pair will be sentenced next month.

A third man, described by police as an accomplice still faces trial on the assault and robbery charges.

The fourth person accused in the case, Gay's brother, Glen Gay, 17, was tried as a juvenile in the case and convicted by a jury in March of aggravated assault and aggravated robbery. Glen Gay was sentenced to 13 years behind bars, although he could be freed after serving three years in a youth facility.

The victim in the case remains so traumatized police have never revealed his name or identity, except to note he is 32 years old.

The victim left Oilcan Harry’s - an Austin gay bar - with the four men on July 17 last year. They returned to the victim's home in East Austin where the attack occurred.

Police say the four men drugged, tied-up, beat, cut, then sexually assaulted the victim using what was described in court as "a sex toy".

When the attack was over the four threatened to kill him if he spoke a word about the violence.

The attack traumatized Austin's gay community. That the victim met his assailants in a gay bar lead many people in the community to believe that the crime was premeditated.

Although police described the attack as a hate crime, those charges were never sought.

©365Gay.com 2005


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