Two men sentenced to prison for anti-gay attacks in Los Angeles
September 12, 2003
LOS ANGELES — Two men were sentenced to prison after pleading no contest to
attempted murder and hate crime charges in baseball bat attacks on
two men they thought were gay.
Ever Wilfredo Rivera was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years; Selvin
Orlando Campos was given a 10-year term. The 20-year-old men faced
life sentences if convicted at trial of the two separate attacks.
"Now they are going to pay the price," said victim Ricardo
Lorenzana, 47. "I hope they learn from what they did. It wasn't
The Oct. 14 attacks occurred east of West Hollywood, where a gay
actor was beaten in September 2002. Prosecutors declined to file
hate crime charges in that case after concluding the motive was
robbery. Three men pleaded guilty.
The later attacks were definitely hate crimes, prosecutors said.
"The suspects went to this neighborhood looking for these types
of vulnerable victims," said Deputy District Attorney John Allen
Campos' attorney, Merrill Davidson, said neither defendant
wanted to face the possibility of life terms.
"The risk was too great," he said. "They'll have a chance to be
somebody after they get out." –Sapa-AP
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