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2 Men Convicted Of Torture Of Gay Texas Man

2 Men Convicted Of Torture Of Gay Texas Man

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two South Texas men have received the maximum 15-year sentences in federal prison after pleading guilty to federal hate crime charges in the March 2012 torture of a gay African-American man in Corpus Christi.

Ramiro Serrata Jr. (23) and Jimmy Garza (33) were sentenced Wednesday in Corpus Christi by Senior U.S. District Judge Hayden Head. Both men must pay the victim $10,800 in restitution, serve three years of supervised release and register as sex offenders. Both pleaded guilty last September.

The indictment alleges that on Mar. 8, 2012, Garza and Serrata conspired to assault a gay, African-American man because of his race, color and sexual orientation.  According to the indictment, the defendants invited the male victim into an apartment in Corpus Christi then assaulted him while calling him racial and homophobic epithets.  Over the course of approximately three hours, the conspirators allegedly punched and kicked the victim and assaulted him with various dangerous weapons, including, a frying pan, a coffee mug, a belt and a chair.  During the assault, the conspirators poured a household cleaning agent or chemical solution onto the victim’s face and eyes, pistol whipped him with a handgun and whipped him with a belt, according to Federal Department of Justice.

When the victim began to bleed, the defendants allegedly forced him to remove all of his clothing and clean up the blood throughout the apartment.

The indictment further alleges that after the victim was completely naked, the defendants sodomized him using a broom or mop and another unknown object.

Throughout the assault, the defendants repeatedly called the man racial and homophobic slurs and made other anti-black and anti-gay statements, according to legal documents.  The conspirators also allegedly prevented the victim from leaving the apartment by physical force and threats of force.  The man eventually escaped the apartment by jumping out of a window.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Corpus Christi Resident Agency with assistance from the Corpus Christi Police Department and is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Jared Fishman and Nicholas Durham of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruben Perez of the Southern District of Texas.

Houston Police Capture Suspect In Deadly Montrose Hit And Run

Michael Alexander Hit and Run Montrose

After Wrongfully Arresting A Katy Man, The Houston Police Department Has Made Another Arrest In The Montrose Hit And Run That Killed Michael Alexander Hill In January 2016.

HOUSTON — DEC 21 — A New Caney, Texas man has been arrested by the Houston Police Department and charged in the fatal hit and run of Michael Alexander Hill that took place in Montrose almost a year ago.

A tragic death of a beloved LGBTQ+ community member shocked the Montrose community last year when Hill, was fatally hit and left for dead in the 400 block of Westheimer Road at Taft Street while he was walking to meet friends at Meteor.

Emmanuel Salgado 25, of 21000 block of Live Oak in New Caney, Texas has been charged and indicted by a grand jury in Harris County with ‘Failure To Stop And Render Aid.’ The case is pending in Harris County Criminal court 182nd. Salgado is currently in the Harris County Jail with a bond of $30,000.emmanuel-salgado-michael-hill-hit-and-run-montrose-2016-1024x982 Houston Police Capture Suspect In Deadly Montrose Hit And Run

The father of Michael Hill had notified local media of an arrest stating “DNA analysis confirmed Alex’s blood was on the perpetrators vehicle.” But the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff Office had not responded to media requests at the time of this post.

According to Salgado’s social media, he is believed to be a bartender at Bohme Bar in Montrose.

We will update you as more details become available.

Texas AG Faces Contempt Hearing Over Failure To Recognize Gay Marriage

Texas Attorney General ken Paxton
Ken Paxton speaks after he was sworn in as the Texas attorney general, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

According to Cole, when he asked the state to amend his spouse’s death certificate, the state cashed his check but refused to complete the paperwork. A Department of State Health Services official wrote, “Until the ruling is fully reviewed, we will not be able to know the impact, if any, on the process to file or amend death certificates. We will keep your documentation in a pending file and will advise you once a determination is made,” according to the Chronicle.

Garcia also ordered Kirk Cole, the state’s interim director at the Department of State Health Services, to issued an amended death certificate for Stone-Hoskin’s spouse, James Stone-Hoskins, according to the Chronicle.

Paxton and Cole must appear in court next week so that Garcia can determine whether the two officials violated his July ruling prohibiting the the state from restricting same-sex marriage.

Cynthia Meyer, a spokeswoman for Paxton, told the Chronicle that the court must determine in a separate case whether the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage was retroactive. Meyer said that Paxton’s office would be filing a response to Garcia’s order in court.

Earlier this week, Paxton was also indicted on felony securities fraud charges.

Texas A&M University Elects First Openly Gay Student President

Texas A&M University Elects First Openly Gay Student President

Openly Gay Economics Junior To Take Over As The 74th Student Body President On April 21 At Texas A&M University


COLLEGE STATION — The students at Texas A&M University have elected their first openly gay student body president. A move that has made history and setting a hallmark for the Southern university. A move that students believe is a step in the right direction.

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Bobby Brooks

“To those of you who spoke poorly about me based upon my sexual orientation. I forgive you. I really do.”  

A man that knew he was an Aggie before he knew he was gay, made the choice to attend the Texas university after a year studying abroad in Paris. Bobby Brooks, an economics junior enrolled at Texas A& M University in College Station will be the first to serve in the position’s seventy-four year history.

“I can’t express enough wholehearted thanks to my family who encouraged my dreams, to my campaign team who sacrificed countless hours of free time, to every friend who smiled and hugged me when I shared this seemingly ridiculous idea,” Brooks posted to social media after his victory.

“To those of you who spoke poorly about me based upon my sexual orientation,” Brooks pointed out, “I forgive you. I really do.”