An update in the "gay panic" case of a teenager who killed a black gay Maryland man in a brutal street attack in Washington, D.C. and plead guilty to a misdemeanor. D.C. City Council member Phil Mendelson is asking the United States Attorney's Office to bring 19-year-old Robert Hannah to trial so all of the facts surrounding the death of Tony Randolph Hunter can be made public, reports the Washington Blade.
Under the plea arrangement struck between prosecutor and Hannah in connection with the September 2008 death of Hunter, the maximum possible sentence is 180 days in jail. If he accepts the deal a trial would be avoided. In the letter to Channing Phillips, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Mendelson says that by foregoing a trial, the complete facts surrounding the case will never be known.
Hannah claims he punched Hunter after the gay man grabbed his crotch and butt when the two men crossed paths on a Washington D.C. street. Hunter fell to the ground and hit his head on the pavement, lingering for ten days in a coma. One of Hunter's friends denies the sexual advance. The witness says Hannah and three or four other men attacked them and were unprovoked.
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