Good news to report in the Michael Sandy case ...
Bail is denied for Anthony Fortunato, one of three defendants charged in the gruesome October murder of the gay, black Brooklyn interior designer. Fortunato's attorney offered a $1.2 million bail package comprised of the family's real estate holdings. Gerald DiChiara argued Fortunato was not accused of striking any blows, "only arranging the crime."
“We have a hate crime here,” DiChiara said, “where there is no hate.”
The judge sided with prosecutors who maintain they have sufficient evidence to connect Fortunato to the crime. Fortunato, John Fox and Ilya Shurov face 25 years to life for second-degree murder as a hate crime and a laundry list of aggravated charges. Brooklyn detectives say the men trolled Adam4Adam chat rooms and pretended to be gay, luring Sandy to a remote parking lot in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. The interior designer was struck by a car on the Belt Parkway while trying to escape the robbery and assault. Michael Sandy died on October 13, one day after his 29th birthday.
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