Anthony Fortunato will go to prison for his role in Michael Sandy’s 2006 death.
Fortunato and his friends lured Sandy to a Brooklyn highway and attacked him. Fearing for his life, Sandy ran into traffic, where a thoughtless – and unidentified – vehicle hit the 29-year old. He died a few days later.
The jury apparently had a tough time deciding what to do with Fortunato, who came out during the trial. Eric Zaccar, the 46-year old jury foreman, said, I’m never going to feel good about this. Not one person on that jury believed that it was a hate crime.” Zaccar and his peers convicted Fortunato of manslaughter as a hate crime.
The twelve men and women evidently struggled with Fortunato’s verdict, particularly the hateful aspect: “…No one felt he had any hatred or animosity toward homosexuals… No one thought he was a bad kid.”
Fortunato will be sentenced next month.