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Kentucky man sentenced in hate crime attack outside gay-friendly bar

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Kentucky Enquirer

Devlin Burke

A Kentucky judge on Tuesday ruled that a white supremacist had committed a hate crime when he attacked four people last year outside a gay-friendly bar.

Devlin Burke had only two words to say after Judge Patricia Summe sentenced him to 17 years in prison: “Sieg heil” — a German phrase that translates to “hail victory,” and commonly accompanied by the Nazi salute.

Prosecutors said Burke and another man attacked two women in August during a dispute outside Yadda Club in Covington. When two onlookers intervened, prosecutors said, Burke slashed one man on the arm and the other in the abdomen.

Witnesses said Burke shouted homosexual slurs throughout the attack.

“The whole motive for the whole fracas in the first place was this anti-gay sentiment,” said Kenton County Attorney Rob Sanders.

In addition to the “hate crime” designation by the judge, the jury found Burke guilty of three counts of felony assault and one count of misdemeanor assault.

Under Kentucky law, crimes motivated by bias against race, gender or sexual orientation do not carry additional penalty, but are taken into consideration at parole hearings.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. This guy should be given the book, and he should be give a leathel injection.. He should be charged an sentanced.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 9:49pm
  2. definitely needs more than just seventeen years in prison!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 9:58pm
  3. These people should be given a good lesson!! They are definitely narrow minded for acting these king of behavior i mean common Nazi has long gone now move on people :/

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:05pm
  4. You can tell he was a classy man because of the face tattoo.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:14pm
  5. Well, he’s kinda purdy…he might just be Big Bubba’s new best friend. Even if he is lower than an amoeba, I still like his tats.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:21pm
  6. some gay guys likes his LOOKS. (sadly)

    Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 11:32pm
  7. This happened in my state?! D:<
    Put him away forever!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 4:14am
  8. ^ That’s what I was thinking.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 4:22am
  9. Love it when homophobes turn out to be nazis. Just shows that homophobia is on the level as anti-semitism, racism, and all other prejudices and should be eliminated with the same zero tolerance policy. Anyone who thinks otherwise is as bad as men like this one.
    So, GOP, your move.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 8:15am
  10. Lovin the pink wardrobe! (: lol

    Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 1:18pm

    Posted on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 7:55pm
  12. Meh, shows that all the homophobes are nazis but its still wrong to be gay but its a’okay to be a nazi…stupid folks…

    Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 6:14pm