Unfinished Lives

Remembering LGBT Hate Crime Victims

30-Year Sentence for Gay Bashing in Dallas


Jimmy Lee Dean After Near Fatal Assault (courtesy of Dallas Voice)

Jimmy Lee Dean After Near Fatal Assault (courtesy of Dallas Voice)

DallasVoice.com News Editor, John Wright reports that Jonathan Russell Gunther, 32, has been found guilty on March 4 of first-degree felony robbery and sentenced to 30 years for brutally attacking 43-year-old bisexual Jimmy Lee Dean on the night of July 17, 2008.  Gunther and Bobby Jack Singleton, 29, both of Garland, Texas, beat and robbed Dean one block off the famous Cedar Springs Strip, the center of LGBT life in the DFW Metroplex.  Singleton has yet to be tried for the crime.

The two assailants pistol-whipped Dean with a 9mm Glock handgun, rendering him unconscious, and then repeatedly kicked him in the head and body as he lay on the pavement.  Their attack could have proved fatal, were it not for the intervention of Michael Robinson, a gay man who witnessed the crime in progress and called for help.  Dean’s face is severely disfigured, he has lost his sense of smell, and suffers bouts of depression as a result of the incident.  His eyelid still droops after two surgeries and may not be repairable.  Before the sentencing, Dean spoke out about the crime, “I have never and could never see a reason to beat someone nearly to death just to have a good time…The only thing that will really make it easier is after the other trial.  One down, one to go.”

Dallas-area LGBT folk and allies took to the streets in protest of the Dean attack, and the sluggish response of local officials to the rising anti-LGBT violence in the city.  Dallas accounts for 34% of all the anti-gay hate violence in Texas.

March 5, 2009 - Posted by | Beatings and battery, Bludgeoning, gay men, Hate Crime Statistics, Hate Crimes, Protests and Demonstrations, Texas | , , , ,

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