An unfortunate update the tragic case of Michael Sandy ...
Gay City News reports the family of Anthony Fortunato, one of four defendants charged in the murder of the Brooklyn interior designer, "is prepared to post a bond securing as much as $1.3 million to get their 20-year-old son out on bail." Fortunato could be on the street as soon as February 7.
"None of us have any idea how he will do out on bond, but we do know that when a very young man is facing a very serious sentence for murder there is a disincentive for him to stick around," says Clarence Patton, executive director of the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP). The AVP has mounted a letter-writing campaign to oppose Fortunato's bail. More information here.
Fortunato, John Fox and Ilya Shurov—who reportedly took a 'power nap' after the brutal slaying—face 25 years to life for second-degree murder as a hate crime and assorted charges. Prosecutors say the men trolled Adam4Adam chat rooms and pretended to be gay, luring Sandy to a remote parking lot in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. The four thugs allegedly tried to rob Sandy, who was struck by a car on the Belt Parkway while trying to escape. Michael Sandy died on October 13, one day after his 29th birthday.
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