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Gang member sentenced in brutal anti-gay beating, torture of three men

Monday, August 12, 2013

NEW YORK — A Bronx gang member has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in a brutal beating and torture of a new recruit he thought was gay, and two other men in separate, gruesome assaults in October 2010.

Nelson Falu

Nelson Falu, 20, was among eight members of the “Latin King Goonies” who tortured and beat two teenage boys and a 30-year-old man over the course of several hours in a Bronx home, while using anti-gay slurs.

Prosecutors say the gang members sodomized two of the men with a plunger, chained one to a chair, and used a cigarette lighter to inflict burns.

The gang believed that both teens had gay encounters with the older male.

The 30-year-old victim was reportedly stripped, beaten and sodomized with a small baseball bat, according to police.

“Like many New Yorkers, I was sickened by the brutal nature of these crimes and saddened by the anti-gay bias that contributed to them,” New York mayor Bloomberg said at the time of the incidents. “The heartless men who committed these crimes should know that their fellow New Yorkers will not tolerate their vicious acts, or the hatred that fuels them.”

Falu and two other participants took guilty pleas in June.

Prosecutor Theresa Gottlieb told Bronx Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrett her office made the plea offer because the victims don’t want to relive “the nightmare” on the witness stand, reported The New York Daily News.

Falu was sentenced on Friday, Aug. 9.

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  1. Someone get this boy out of the closet. Clear case of self-loathing.

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:46pm
  2. good he needs +o be in jail

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:47pm
  3. Perhaps he should have gotten 15 years. they gave him 7 years out in 3 on parole ?

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:47pm
  4. Shame!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:48pm
  5. The should have gave him 10 years or more

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:48pm
  6. This is one of those stories that makes you stop and really think about how messed up the world is. Don´t think I have not forgotten about you Russia.

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:48pm
  7. That´s bullshit. That crime is worth a decade, no parole at least.

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:49pm
  8. Karma! You bastard!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:51pm
  9. He will double pay in jail

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:52pm
  10. He should get longer time than that. Now he can sit behind bars and think about how stupid he was.

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:52pm
  11. Death penalty….plz… this guy needs to be gone… idiot

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:53pm
  12. hope he dies in prison

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:54pm
  13. He should have got more time than that !!!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:54pm
  14. I hope he has to shower with 50 of the most vile felons known to mankind and he is the first to drop the soap, everyday for all the days he is there. 7 yrs is nothing for this crime especially since he will probably only serve 3 or 4 yrs.

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:55pm
  15. Thank u Randall animals like him should be 3 miles under Ground

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:55pm
  16. That´s longer than most rapists get so that´s some progress anyways

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:56pm
  17. 7 years for torture only in America

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:56pm
  18. Why wasn´t he charged with rape??!!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:56pm
  19. They get a slap on the wrist for everything now a days

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:57pm
  20. I REALLY REALLY love karma!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:58pm
  21. Disgusting and vile. Sentence should be an outrage. He should serve more time, and serve the gay community for this brutality.

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:58pm
  22. God hates signs

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:00pm
  23. he should be striped in public and gutted, it what all these animals deserve

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:03pm
  24. This is why it is dangerous to suppress your sexuality. Did a study in college that showed people who commit hate crimes against homosexuals are really trying to beat out his own homosexuality. This is sad. People get longer for drugs than for torture and rape? Smdh

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:04pm
  25. Good!!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:06pm
  26. just 7?

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:08pm
  27. 7 years is not long enough!!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:08pm
  28. GOOD NEWS OUT OF NYC TODAY

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:14pm
  29. This is another example of the power the attorneys have over the courts, seven years is bullshizit.

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:18pm
  30. He should get the damn chair.

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:20pm
  31. the problem here is they seem to feel these people still have rights after they blatently diregard someone elses rights and traumatize them for the rest of their lives. the courts don´t take into account the long term effects of an event such as this.

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:28pm
  32. The only thing this did is took a violent person and made them more violent. He will be completely hardened in the American prison system and then let out to cause even more damage next time. He needs to be in rehabilitation and therapy.

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:33pm
  33. only 7 years?

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:33pm
  34. Only 7 years???OMG……..

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:55pm
  35. He will be there longer – he is in for the ugliest ride of his life. I hope he experiences the beating and torture he seems to love.

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:59pm
  36. 7 years?! WTF?!!!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:59pm
  37. Maybe he needs to be treated the way he did the men

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:09pm
  38. 7 years is more than most states give

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:21pm
  39. Lol, he is going to make someone´s bitch.
    Especially when they find out why he is in jail!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:26pm
  40. Tragic!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:32pm
  41. Hope he get raped in prison!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:35pm
  42. Khama sucks for him!!!!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:47pm
  43. … Good-BYE-loser!!!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:47pm
  44. Good! Hope he learns what being raped and tortured is like.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:12am
  45. No more beatings please

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:40am
  46. Not enough time.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:49am
  47. …pucker up buttercup

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:51am
  48. Good. Put him down like the dog he is. We dont need people like him in the world.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:56am
  49. COWARDS!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1:37am
  50. ONLY 7 years? something wrong with that.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1:40am
  51. He got off easy!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1:41am
  52. he will get his where he is going

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 2:04am
  53. He´ll enjoy his new role as someone´s girl friend!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 2:31am
  54. even if it were a plea agreement, 7 years for multiple felonies is a joke.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 2:42am
  55. He should get done to him what he done to them men, maybe he will be some1s bitch

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 2:45am
  56. Here´s another problem. If NY and its governmental leadership are tired of the attacks against the LGBTQQ community, then hand down harsher penalties. Make it double what is on the books right now. 15 years would send a sentence. 7 years means he got 2 yrs and 4 months for each victim. That´s bullshit.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 2:58am
  57. dumb punkass thug…

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 3:04am
  58. He´ll get his…

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 4:09am
  59. Hope he gets the shit beat out of him, these people never change. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 4:13am
  60. eye for an eye… as bible thumpers are so fucking fond of saying.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 9:12am
  61. Sick bastard, should have got more then 7 years..a lifetime behind bars more like it.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 10:19am
  62. just kill these people, they thrive in prision anyway…

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1:40pm
  63. I hope he enjoys his time in the big house… where the “Ladies of the House” will be more than happy to recieve him and show him around. Karma will soon be up his ass.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1:41pm