Bronx Gang Member Sentenced To Seven Years For Role In Brutal Hate Crime

One of nine men responsible for a brutal hate crime against three men in a Bronx apartment in 2010 was sentenced to seven years on Friday. Nelson Falu, 20, pled guilty to the crime along with two other gang members in June.

In October 2010, Falu and eight other members of the Latin King Goonies were taken into custody after kidnapping three gay men in the Bronx, stripping them naked, and sodomizing them with a baseball bat in a Bronx apartment. According to reports, the gang’s attack was motivated by their victim’s sexual orientation.

The Times reported that the victims—two 17-year-olds and one 30-year-old—were also “thrown into a wall, hit in the head with a beer can, cut with a box cutter and sodomized with the wooden handle of a plunger.” After, Falu took the 30-year-old victim’s keys and looted his apartment. None of the victims faced life-threatening injuries.

Of the gang members involved, only three were indicted on hate crime charges—Nelson Falu, then 17, Ruddy Vargas, then 22, and Elmer Cofresi, then 23.

Falu took a robbery plea, which was given to him by Prosecutor Theresa Gottlieb so the victims didn’t have to “relive the nightmare” on the witness stand. Cases against the other two gang members are still pending.

[Photo: NY Daily News]

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