Two men sentenced to 15 years for three-hour torture, rape of gay man
Victim was assaulted with a frying pan, battery-filled sock, belt and broomstick.
Two men have received the maximum 15-year sentence in prison for the torture and rape of a gay black man.
Ramiro Serrata Jr and Jimmy Garza – from Texas – were sentenced Wednesday (February 17) after pleading guilty to federal hate crime charges.
The defendants admitted to luring the unnamed victim to an apartment, where they preceded to torture him while subjecting him racist and anti-gay slurs.
Over three hours, they punched and kicked the man, before assaulting him with various weapons – including a frying pan, battery-filled sock, belt and broomstick.
The defendants also poured bleach into the man’s eyes and pistol whipped him with a handgun.
When the man began to bleed, the pair forced their victim to strip naked and clean up his own blood, which was spattered throughout the house.
They then raped him with a broom and another unknown object.
The man eventually escaped the apartment by jumping out of a second-story window.
Texas is renowned for homophobic crime – which comes as no surprise considering the views held by some of its lawmakers.
Just last week, a judge in the US state was urged to step down after revealing that he would not perform a same-sex marriage.
Mesquite Justice of the Peace Bill Metzger announced on his Facebook page that he would only officiate a ‘traditional marriages’ – because God told him to.
Earlier this, a Texan Republican also claimed that LGBT activists will now move on to calling for paedophilia to be legalised.
Dr Steven Hotze – who leads the Conservative Republicans of Texas – made the shocking claim at an event launching colleague Jared Woodfill’s bid to be chair of the Texas Republican Party.
Woodfill and Hotze were behind a campaign to repeal an LGBT rights law in Houston – which shockingly implied the law lets men rape little girls in bathrooms.