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Fla. man jailed for shooting gay man with BB gun at LGBT pride parade

Thursday, May 1, 2014
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CLEARWATER, Fla. — A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to six months in jail for shooting a gay man with a BB gun during a gay pride parade last summer.

Cornelius Davis

Cornelius Davis

A Pinellas County judge sentenced 21-year-old Cornelius Davis on Wednesday.

He pleaded guilty last week to felony battery. He initially faced a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Police say Davis was yelling homophobic slurs at a group of men marching at St. Petersburg Pride last June when he fired the BB gun at them.

One man was hit, but officials said he wasn’t seriously injured.

Davis later acknowledged that he was upset by how little clothing some of the marchers were wearing.

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