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Two Ga. men sentenced to 10 years in hate crime attack on gay man

Saturday, June 29, 2013

ATLANTA — Two men have been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for their involvement in a hate crime against a gay man in Atlanta.

Nineteen-year-old Christopher Cain and 20-year-old Dorian Moragne were sentenced earlier this week for the Feb. 4, 2012 beating of Brandon White.

Christopher Cain (left) and Dorian Moragne

It was the first time federal prosecutors have filed hate crime charges based on sexual orientation in Georgia.

Officials said White, then 20 years-old, was walking out of a store in Atlanta’s Pittsburgh neighborhood when he became the target of an unprovoked beating. The attack was videotaped and posted on the website WorldStarHipHop.com with the headline, “Dead Wrong: Man Wearing Skinny Jeans Gets Sucker Attacked & G’z Throw a Tire On Him for Being Gay.”

White, who is openly gay, came forward after the video went viral on the internet — he said he didn’t report the incident to police because the video of his beating by gang members was “embarrassing and humiliating.”

Video here (Warning: graphic content).

The federal sentences, handed down on Wednesday, will run concurrently with five-year state prison sentences the men received last year.

A third man, Darael Williams, was also sentenced to serve five years in state prison.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  1. “I don’t agree with who you are, so I’m going to hurt you!” I will never get that kind of mentality…:(

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:06pm
  2. Justice.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:06pm
  3. it would be two black guys why don’t we every see white or Hispanic people or any other race doing this can u comment and place ur opinion on what u think

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:06pm
  4. I remember that attack, glad those goons got what was coming to them.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:08pm
  5. if they were white they would have a legal defense fund and high paid southern lawyers and at most would getr probationb

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:09pm
  6. This is e3xtremely sad.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:11pm
  7. I think that’s a generalization. I’ve seen plenty of stories about white people not only beating people for being gay, but also torturing them.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:13pm
  8. I hope they are so miserable and are in there the full 10 years, not 10 months.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:13pm
  9. 10 years WOW great job AMERICA for allowing them to walk out target again

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:13pm
  10. Well I’m sure they will make LOTS of good friends in prison who will show them a VERY good time… don’t drop the soap boys HAHAHAHA

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:16pm
  11. What am I thinking of? I think it was back in the 90s, some teenager was tied to a fence and beaten to death or something? I was born IN the 90s so I read about it long after the fact. But honestly, homophobic hate crimes exist in every race.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:17pm
  12. Why they look so crazy lolz

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:18pm
  13. Matthew Shepard

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:18pm
  14. Sad

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:19pm
  15. GOOD.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:20pm
  16. These are the kind of people that made me create this Page^^

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:20pm
  17. Good despicable assholes deserve to be in prison

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:21pm
  18. @michael anthony morettini i agree with u

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:21pm
  19. amen to that xavria

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:22pm
  20. i’m a straight guy i support because of my sister and i use to date someone that was trans

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:23pm
  21. Joseph, thank you. That’s it. These are the kinds of people that need to be locked away and KEPT out of society, not minor drug offenders (but that’s another debate…)

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:25pm
  22. justice….

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:25pm
  23. There were 3 of them. 3rd guy only got 5 years. I’ll bet all 3 are religious too.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:31pm
  24. hope they get the max

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:31pm
  25. i don’t care if a woman has a vagina or a penis between her legs because i know i she’s a woman and she would need love too just like every one else dose same way with lesbians gay men and drag queens and transgendered people they all need love

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:34pm
  26. love is love

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:34pm
  27. Good. I hope they all serve their Full sentences!

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:34pm
  28. Why ANY state is without hate crime laws is beyond me…

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:36pm
  29. Consequences…

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:38pm
  30. like comment and share if u find this funny and all i can say is fuck these christians take a look https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=359768144125616&set=vb.253934724708959&type=2&theater

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:40pm
  31. Only 10?!

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:44pm
  32. …… no one learned anything from civil rights in school huh?

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:47pm
  33. Karma will bite them in the ass, BIG TIME!

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:48pm
  34. You want racial equality among people who commit hate crimes?

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:49pm
  35. sad that these care what another do and to beat him they did not get enough time

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:50pm
  36. Im sure the boys in jail will make them feel right at home lmao

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:50pm
  37. Not that matters a lot but Matthew Shepard was actually about 22. He just looked younger.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:51pm
  38. Only ten?

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 5:52pm
  39. two more small minded Idiots

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:04pm
  40. fry them

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:10pm
  41. Someone on the story’s page said you never hear about whites or Hispanics doing this and I couldn’t respond on there so I will here. The men who killed Mathew Shepard were extremely white. The reason you don’t hear about it is because these types of crime go widely unreported and even more so uncovered on the news.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:14pm
  42. That’s just some straight up bulls*…. I can’t believe this type of thing is still happening. And black ppl are always wondering why they’re a target of blame… wth?!….

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:20pm
  43. If it was on an elderly lady, I bet they would’ve gotten a lot more time. Losers.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:28pm
  44. It’s a cycle repeating itself… I am CERTAIN they have been made to feel the same way.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:34pm
  45. Good!

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:34pm
  46. Hope you are ready to party!!

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:34pm
  47. And they only got 10 years, I work in a prison and know of cases where men get more years for drug charges! It’s total bullshit. Hopefully and I’m quite sure they will get taken “care of” while they’re in, but still it’s far from fair. The system is so messed up!

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:37pm
  48. Okay, I wasn’t too sure. I had read about it long ago.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:38pm
  49. That was my point exactly.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:40pm
  50. good.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:40pm
  51. i dont care if its a cycle. if you dont want it done to you, don’t do it to someone else. that is not an excuse.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:41pm
  52. the guy doing the interview is pretty much dogging on the lgbt haters thats whats funny at the end he puts a dildo on the end of his mic this isnt for hate but to show u all that this guy in the video sorry if i offended any one

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:43pm
  53. If in fact this was the case for these two, if they were emotionally and mentally healthy human beings, it would make them less likely rather than more likely to commit such a crime.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:44pm
  54. donate

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:45pm
  55. i hope they choose to self reflect and change of mind and heart

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:48pm
  56. Trying to raise two million dollars before 12december 2013 to proof to my girlfriend that everything in life is possible if you try i need a contribution from anyone of any amount from 1dollar to 2million//

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:49pm
  57. donate

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:49pm
  58. Yes…good

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:59pm
  59. the people in that video that are saying that gay people are going to hell and god hates gay people that shit pisses me off but they did get owned once again sorry if i offend any one with this video

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 7:31pm
  60. god loves the lgbt just as much as any one else

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 7:32pm
  61. its not a question of color…WE HAVE ALL THE SAME BLOOD BLACK OR WHITE!!!ITS A HATE CRIME!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 7:45pm
  62. GOOD! They should have gotten more!

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 7:55pm
  63. Trying to raise two million dollars before 12december 2013 to proof to my girlfriend that everything in life is possible if you try i need a contribution from anyone of any amount from 1dollar to 2million yyyy

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 8:30pm
  64. Shit is so petty in this world

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 8:40pm
  65. one small step for mankind, one giant leap for gay rights.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 8:51pm
  66. should have gotten more time.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 9:12pm
  67. It would be two hoodrat looking mother fuckers. I can’t stand this world.

    Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 9:32pm
  68. Not hard to get really… Slave owners, segregationists, its pretty simple to understand that blatant ignorance is a thing…. For any black human being to act this way…it is a disgrace to the King himself…

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:37am
  69. Good!!! Enough of the nonsense… Grow up!!! now Deal w/ the consequences..

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 2:06am
  70. Good.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 3:20am
  71. Lock them away and throw away the key!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 3:49am
  72. hope they enjoy jail sex!!!!!….LMFAO

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 4:38am
  73. I hope the dirtbags rot

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 5:11am
  74. This couldn’t possibly have happened. These men are black. And black leaders are always telling us that black people don’t commit crimes – it’s white law enforcement just locking them away as part of a conspiracy. This must be quite a delima for liberals. Hate laws were created only to protect blacks and gays and punish the evil white guy. Now two blacks are accused of “hating” a gay guy???!!! Oh Ted Kennedy, if only you were here to sort this all out!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 5:30am
  75. Well, these two will know what it feels like in prison….10 years is a long time and they will be well received……Prison town Twink boys…..

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:02am
  76. and what did the bystander that stood there and watched get?

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:15am