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Shawn Woodward, Sentenced To 6 Years For Bar Gay Bashing That Left Man Unable To Feed Himself

If only Vancouver construction worker Shawn Woodward, 37, hadn’t punched Richard Dowrey because the 62-year-old is gay, he’d be serving much less than the six year prison term a judge just handed down. The March 2009 attack at a gay bar was without provocation and included a slew of anti-gay slurs, a judge ruled, and the lack of remorse proved Woodward was a perfect for for the country’s hate crime laws. Dowrey, who was celebrating his retirement, hit the concrete floor and was left with partial amnesia and brain injuries so severe he cannot feed or dress himself. Woodward’s attorneys had asked for just a two-year sentence, since the attack was just a way for him to prove how macho he was.