The second of the two men responsible for the brutal October 2009 beating of an openly gay man in Queens, New York captured on surveillance video has been sentenced to prison. Twenty-two-year-old Daniel Rodriguez was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for the attack on Jack Price.
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The New York Daily News reports:
Daniel Rodriguez, 22, apologized for the beating that put victim Jack Price in the hospital for three weeks with a broken jaw, broken ribs and two collapsed lungs. "Through the grace of God I hope someday Jack Price will forgive me," a sobbing Rodriguez told Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron.
Price, 50, was physically incapable of continuing to work as a superintendent at three College Point buildings and recently decided to move out of state."I didn't deserve this," Price said. "I cannot understand how anyone could hate me or anybody else this much to cause him this much pain and suffering...It shows how much hate they have inside of them."
Price was hospitalized for three weeks so doctors could repair his broken jaw, broken ribs, two collapsed lungs and a lacerated spleen. Price also lost his peripheral vision and hearing in his right ear. He takes an assortment of pain pills just to get through the day.
Days after the beating, hundreds marched in Queens to denounce homophobic violence. Friends of the suspects organized a counter-protest to support the local gay-bashers. One of Rodriguez's friends proudly showed off his Leviticus tattoo to the local media.
Rodriguez' co-defendant Daniel Aleman was sentenced to eight years in prison in December.
The vicious beating of the 5'6, 130 pound Jack Price was captured in graphic detail by video surveillance. Watch it AFTER THE JUMP ...
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