Last Minute Guilty Pleas From Perps Accused of Halloween Attack on 2 Gay Men in Long Beach
Just as their case was headed to trial, both defendants accused of attacking two gay men outside the Gay and Lesbian Center of Greater Long Beach on Halloween opted to enter guilty pleas and received prison sentences.
19-year-old Marquise Lucas and 28-year-old Sierus Dunbar both pleaded no contest to one count each of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Additionally, Lucas admitted a hate crime allegation and a great bodily injury allegation.
Witnesses reported seeing the October 31, 2011 attack, and were able to alert the authorities and paramedics. The victims were approached by the suspects as they walked away from the Center.
"What are you looking at faggots?" Lucas reportedly taunted.
The men tried to leave the area, however the suspects proceeded with brutalizing the victims.
One of the victims tried to take a photo of Lucas and Dunbar using his cellphone, but Lucas struck the man in the face, then continued to kick him while the victim was on the ground. The victim tried reaching for his phone, and Lucas stomped on his hand.
The second victim tried to help his friend, but Dunbar intervened, and hit him, as well.
Both victims sustained a variety of injuries, including cuts, bruises, damaged teeth, and head trauma.
Dunbar and Lucas tried to flee, but were apprehended.
Lucas was sentenced to six years in state prison, and Dunbar to four, though the latter will serve his term in L.A. County Jail, says the DA's office.