2 plead guilty to hate crime in beating of gay man

ATLANTA (AP) — Two Atlanta
men have pleaded guilty to beating a man because of his sexual
orientation as he left a grocery store.

Federal prosecutors say
Christopher Cain and Dorian Moragne pleaded guilty Thursday. Prosecutors
say it was the first case in Georgia to charge a violation of the
sexual orientation section of the federal hate crimes law.

Prosecutors
say Cain, Moragne and a juvenile targeted the gay man in February 2012.
Prosecutors say Cain punched the victim in the head and pushed him to
the ground. All three surrounded him, repeatedly punched and kicked him
and yelled anti-gay slurs.

Video of the beating was posted online.

All
three were sentenced last year in Fulton County Superior Court to five
years in jail on charges that did not include a hate crime.

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