Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on August 31, 2010
Georgia – Officials have announced that no hate-crime charges will be filed against the two marines who attacked a gay man after he winked at them. Back in June, Kieran Daly was hospitalized after suffering two seizures at the site of the attack. The two marines were caught by police as they ran down the street away from the attack
Johnson said after the FBI, the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and the DA’s office reviewed Daly’s medical records and conducted further investigation, they determined this case had “no merit” to be considered a hate crime. “I can’t speak on the specifics because this is pending litigation, but for a crime to be considered a felony [which a hate crime is considered to be] there has to be proof of a sustained injury,” Johnson said. “It’s my understanding Daly suffered only a punch. Based on his medical records we could not upgrade the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony.” If convicted of a misdemeanor, the Marines could face less than a year in jail and a fine of no more than $1,200, she added.