Unfinished Lives

Remembering LGBT Hate Crime Victims

Law and Order

Appropriate justice in anti-gay hate crimes remains an elusive prospect.  Lesser charges and reduced sentences for hate crime perpetrators point to a legal system that refuses to recognize the full humanity of the victims.  Because the victims are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, the murders are regarded as less offensive in the eyes of courts, judges, and juries in many communities.

Take for example the May 2007 murder of Sean Kennedy, age 20, in Greenville County, South Carolina.  Despite the brutal nature of Kennedy’s murder, the man who shouted anti-gay epithets and used his fists to beat his victim to the ground was able to avoid a lengthy jail sentence.  Stephen Moller, the man arrested and brought to trial in the Kennedy murder case, had the charges reduced from murder to involuntary manslaughter.

In addition to having the charge downgraded to manslaughter, Moller’s original sentence of five years in prison was first reduced to three years, and then shortened by seven months for time already served.  In the end, Moller’s entire prison sentence will most likely come to about a year and a half.

According to a June 2008 article in the Box Turtle Bulletin, the South Carolina Equity Court of Appeals has said that torturing animals can result in a sentence of five years.  In the hate crime murder case of Sean Kennedy, the justice system has made the life of a dog more valuable than a human being’s.

Or consider the case of Aleksandr Shevchenko, the man charged with a hate crime after fatally beating Satendar Singh at Lake Natoma, California, in 2007. When a jury deadlocked in Shevchenko’s trial, the court instead convicted Singh’s killer for disturbing the peace and simple assault. The court sentenced Shevchenko to 150 days in jail. An August 2, 2008, article published by the Sacramento Bee reported the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office will not retry Shevchenko on the hate crime charge. Because of the verdict, the value of Satendar Singh’s life has been reduced to approximately five months in jail.

Miscarriages of justice, like in the cases of Sean Kennedy and Satendar Singh, occur in communities across America.

Read a related article at the website for WYFF channel 4 News in South Carolina.

4 Comments »

  1. I was horrified reading this page… Taking a human life with these insults and racial slurs, and also anti gay slurs.

    And the criminal that was a member of a gang of brutality gets only 150 days in a county jail ??

    How absurd !! This invites more murders and more Hate Crimes.

    I linked this page of “Unfinished Lives” from my site of “Raciality and Brutality”.

    I have lists of Murdered People in Hate Crimes, including Women, some sexually enslaved, tortured, humilliated, beaten and kicked.

    A very long list of Ecuadorean ( and Latinos ) beaten and kicked to death in New York City :

    Manuel Aucaquizhpi 1994
    Rene Perez 2007
    Marcelo Lucero 2008
    Jose Sucuzhanay 2008

    ( I have more victims in my lists )

    Add Luis Ramirez kicked to death in Shenandoah Pennsylvania in July 2008

    Only crime : “being Latinos”.

    Even White People like Senator Tom Duane have been savagely attacked and beaten for being Gay. By gangs of cowards. I have him on my pages speaking to Latinos and condemning these crimes.

    I have a very long list of victims, and even Girls that have been beaten, kicked or enslaved for weeks for Sexual Pleasure, Sadism,Torture and Humilliation.

    Here :

    Raciality.com

    Vicente Duque

    Comment by Vicente Duque | December 17, 2008 | Reply

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