The FBI is reporting Michigan native Everett Dwayne Avery pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to assaulting a man because he thought the victim was gay. Subject to federal hate-crime laws, Avery faces ten years in prison when he’s sentence on November 28.
In March 2011, Avery struck another patron in the face at a gas-station , fracturing his eye socket and causing other facial injuries.
“Hate-fueled incidents have no place in a civilized society,” said Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez. “The Justice Department is committed to using all the tools in our law enforcement arsenal, including the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, to prosecute acts of violence motivated by hate.”
The Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed into law in 2009 despite opposition by Republicans and right-wing groups like Focus on the Family.