Man gets 6-month jail term for Phoenix hate crime
Web Producer: Mo Olivas
PHOENIX (AP) - A man has been sentenced to six months in jail for a hate crime in central Phoenix last year.
Maricopa County prosecutors say 22-year-old Jermon Barnes was one of two suspects who pleaded guilty to an unprovoked attack on a gay man.
The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/UIU1PH) says Phoenix activist and entertainer Austin Head was assaulted after he left a gay and lesbian nightclub on Nov. 9.
He was hospitalized with two fractures under one of his eyes.
Head's friend helped identify Barnes and a co-defendant as the assailants.
Arizona's bias-crime statute allows harsher sentences in felonies involving bias.
On Tuesday, Barnes was sentenced for a low-level offense that would have typically been eligible for probation.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com
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