Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Man gets one year in jail for the beating of hate crime vicitm, Carlos Lopez

"On August 9, 2008, gay teenager Carlos Lopez was attacked and beaten by Fa Junior Moi Moi, at Ensign Peak near Salt Lake City, after Lopez took a picture with Moi Moi and Moi Moi later realized Lopez was gay."

Stephen Hunt reports:
A 21-year-old Magna man who joined in the beating of three people near Ensign Peak last year -- an attack Salt Lake City police have called a hate crime -- was sentenced Friday to probation and a year in jail.

Fa Junior MoiMoi was one of at least five men who attacked the victims after one victim, Carlos Lopez, said he was gay, according to charges filed in 3rd District Court. Lopez suffered "significant facial trauma," including a broken bone near his eye, according to police.

MoiMoi was charged with one count of first-degree felony aggravated assault and two counts of class A misdemeanor assault. On Friday, he pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree felony aggravated assault and the other charges were dismissed. In addition to jail time, MoiMoi must complete 200 hours of community service, write a letter of apology to the victims, obtain his high school diploma and pay medical restitution of more than $36,500. READ MORE