A Dallas County jury has just found Jonathan Russell Gunter guilty of first degree aggravated robbery in connection with the July 2008 robbery and beating of Jimmy Lee Dean.
Gunter, 32, faces a sentence ranging anywhere from five to 99 years. Dallas Voice News Editor John Wright, in a call from the courthouse, said testimony is complete in the sentencing phase of the trial and the court has taken a break before the sentence is decided.
An update will be posted on Instant Tea as soon as the sentence has been announced.
According to police, Gunter and 30-year-old Bobby Jack Singleton pistol-whipped Dean with a 9mm Glock handgun then, while shouting anti-gay slurs, kicked and stomped Dean’s head, face and body as he lay motionless in the street just off Cedar Springs Road.
The attack, which has been called Dallas’ worst anti-gay hate crime in recent years, left Dean hospitalized for 10 days. He recently told Dallas Voice he still has not regained his sense of smell and that a procedure to repair his right eyelid, damaged in the assault, was unsuccessful. He is waiting on yet another sugery to repair and replace his teeth and he still suffers psychological effects of the beating, Dean said.