In November 2002, the former Morehouse College student (left) nearly killed another student, Gregory Love (right), with a baseball bat because he mistakenly thought Love was gay.
Price, now 22 years old, has served three years of his ten year prison sentence. On Thursday he appeared in Fulton County Superior Court to ask for a shorter sentence. Judge Jerry Baxter, the judge in the original case reduced the sentence to seven years.
The judge says the original term was too harsh because he was angered by the aggressive gay panic defense developed by attorney Tony Axam and father, the Rev. Jerome Price.
Since the attack, Gregory Love , who says he is not gay, has graduated and returned to his home state of New Jersey. The Love family says they are constantly harassed by supporters of the defendant's father, a politically connected Chicago minister. After the hearing, Love blasted the reduced sentence: “Does this say, we will go ahead and convict a criminal, but, then three years down the road we’ll override the sentence? What does this say for the community, and what does this say for other victims in the community—that’s my question.”
A final insult to injury: Because of the sentence reduction, 11Alive reports "a spokeswoman for the Georgia Pardons and Paroles Board says that Price may be eligible for parole immediately. She says, however, that does not mean the board will grant parole." Let's hope not.
Since then, several states have attempted to curtail "gay panic" defenses. The brutal assault also prompted Morehouse and other HBCUs to re-evaluate their attitudes toward gays. But apparently, the colleges still have far to go. Morehouse student Jason Harrell essayed his experiences at KeithBoykin.com, which, if you haven't seen it this week, has just undergone a very pleasant makeover.
Video: Judge Lowers Sentence (11 Alive)
Previously:The (Very Very Gay) Men of Morehouse (Rod 2.0) Black and Gay at Morehouse (Keith Boykin) A Tale of Two Campuses (Keith Boykin) Man of Morehouse Part 3 (Black Gay Blogger) Homo 101 (Village Voice)