A member of the Aryan Brotherhood who was already serving time at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Seagoville, Texas, has been handed an additional sentence for assaulting another inmate he thought was gay.
Under the the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor sentenced John Hall, 27, to 71 months in prison for attacking a fellow prisoner in December 2011 because he believed the man was in a sexual relationship with another inmate.
“Hall repeatedly punched, kicked and stomped on the victim’s face with his shod feet, a dangerous weapon, while yelling a homophobic slur,” reports a statement from the White House. “The victim lost consciousness during the assault and suffered multiple lacerations to his face. The victim also sustained a fractured eye socket, lost a tooth, fractured other teeth and was treated at a hospital for the injuries he sustained during Hall’s unprovoked attack.”
Hall pleaded guilty to the charges and will serve the term consecutively with his current sentence.
“Brutality and violence based on sexual orientation has no place in a civilized society,” said Thomas E. Perez, the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “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 motivated by hate.”