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November 3

In an Ohio courtroom on this date in 2005, Matthew Wayne Ferman, 23, pleaded guilty to murder and tampering with evidence, for his role in what the prosecutor described as a brutal hate crime murder of a deaf, gay man, Daniel Fetty, 39, in 2004. Mr. Fetty’s neck, nose, and Adam’s apple were broken, his teeth were knocked out, his eyes were gouged out, all but one of his ribs were broken, and his heart and lungs were punctured. Ferman was sentenced to 18 years to life. Two other perpetrators, Martin Edward Baxter, 28, and James Veachel Trent, 19, were also convicted. Baxter pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and tampering with evidence, and he was sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility after 20 years, after laughing at Mr. Fetty’s mother in open court when she asked Baxter if her son begged for his life as he was being brutally murdered. James Veachel Trent, 19, pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter and he was given a seven-year prison in prison in exchange for his testimony against Baxter and Ferman.

On this date in 2010 in federal court in Springfield, Illinois, Ilya M. Sobolevskiy, 25, of Lusby, Maryland, was sentenced by Judge David G. Bernthal to the maximum penalty—one year in federal prison and a $3,000 fine—for committing an anti-Muslim hate crime. Ilya Sobolevskiy pleaded guilty in August 2010, admitting he emailed a threatening and anti-Islamic message to a member of the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center in Urbana, Illinois. Sobolevskiy had lived in Elgin, Illinois before moving to Maryland.

On this date in 2011 in Valle del Sol Park in Socorro, Texas, a 70-year-old man was sexually assaulted by up to four black men in their mid-20s to 30s who first attempted to rob their victim. When the elderly man told his would-be robbers that he did not have money, they threw him in the van and sexually assaulted him while hurling racial slurs at him. The victim required surgery at the Del Sol Medical Center following the rape. The perpetrators were driving a late 90's Ford or Chevrolet dark colored minivan. Anyone with any information on this case may call Socorro police detectives at (915) 858-6986. The FBI contacted Socorro police regarding the attack according to Socorro city spokesman David Garcia.

On this date in 2011 in a federal courtroom in New Orleans, Louisiana, a white man, Mark Gautreau, 50, of Prairieville, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon for a racially motivated shooting attack where Gautreau told a bystander that he was going to "shoot some Mexicans." Gautreau—who was charged in September 2011, and who faces up to ten years in prison—fired a shotgun at four Hispanic men who were fishing on the Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish on August 20, 2006. Two of the men were wounded and hospitalized for treatment of their injuries. Gautreau is to be sentenced on February 9, 2012.

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