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Three of the four defendants accused of brutally attacking a young gay Atlanta man and videotaping the assault have been sentenced to five years in prison and five years probation, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The GAVoice.
The videotaped February 4 attack against Brandon White went viral across the internet. Federal authorities joined the manhunt and prosecution.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford sentenced 18-year-old Christopher Cain (above), 19-year-old Dorian Moragne and 18-year-old Darael Williams to charges of aggravated assault, street gang activity and robbery by force.
With White looking on in the courtroom, the three defendants offered apologies for their actions. "I am disappointed in myself because I know better and know right from wrong," Dareal Demare Williams said. Upon their release from prison, probation will include intensive community service and sensitivity education.
Jay Abt, an attorney for one of the defendants, said, "I think it was a reasonable sentence under the circumstances."
Another defendant, 24-year-old Javaris Bradford, was indicted by a grand jury in late March and remains at large.
Cain has been described as one of the "main aggressors" in the videotaped February 4 attack that went viral across the internet. The vicious beating of White began after Cain claimed White made a sexual advance toward him, according to court documents. White has denied the claim. Cain can be seen on the video "stomp[ing] Brandon White after he was punched and kicked" to the ground.
Other defendants were seen stomping and kicking Brandon White. Moragne was identified as the person who threw a tire on the victim.
A group of Atlanta-based LGBT activists wrote a letter to the judge requesting a light sentence for Moragne and Williams, who pleaded guilty in May. Brandon White said believed the sentence was fair—but was "angered" by the letter from the activists, reports The GA Voice.
When asked about LGBT activists who signed a letter seeking the men be put on probation or serve community service rather than being sentenced to a lengthy prison term, White said he was angered that they never approached him to ask about what he thought.
"I was very surprised and the reason being I actually didn't find out about the letter until a couple days ago it had already been sent out to the judge, it had already been sent out to the DA's office," he said.
"And then when it had my name in it I'm like where did these people come from? Why would you say you are advocating for me when at the end of the day you are on the other side," he said. White said he was never contacted by the activists.
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