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Man sentenced in Utah attack on gay man

Saturday, December 19, 2009
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A man once on the Salt Lake City Police Department’s “Most Wanted” list has been sentenced to probation and a year in jail for 2008 attack that SLC police have called a hate crime.

Moi Moi

Fa Junior Moi Moi, 21, was one of at least five men who attacked the victims after one victim said he was gay, according to charges filed in 3rd District Court.

According to police, Moi Moi and several of his friends met an 18-year-old man in August 2008, near Ensign Peak. All seemed well until Moi Moi asked the man if he was gay.

“He took a photo with the victim, and when he found out he was gay, he assaulted him,” police said.

Moi Moi was charged with one count of first-degree felony aggravated assault and two counts of class A misdemeanor assault.

He pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree felony aggravated assault and the other charges were dismissed.

The male victim suffered “significant facial trauma,” including a broken bone near his eye, according to police. He and his sister were taken to a hospital for treatment.

A second suspect, 24-year-old Sione Tupou Malohi is also charged, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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