2 Texas men get 15-year sentences for torture of gay man | Inquirer News

2 Texas men get 15-year sentences for torture of gay man

/ 09:32 AM February 18, 2016

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Two 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. and Jimmy Garza were sentenced Wednesday in Corpus Christi by Senior US 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.

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Garza, who is 33, and Serrata, who is 23, admitted luring the man to an apartment and, for three hours, punching, kicking and assaulting him with various weapons, including a frying pan, a battery-filled sock, a belt and a broomstick. They taunted him with racist and homophobic epithets.

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