Virginia man gets 35 months for attack on gay man

Posted on 09 Feb 2009 at 1:36pm
By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A Superior Court judge has sentenced a man to 35 months in prison for participating in an attack on a gay man.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says Ruddad Abdulgader was sentenced Friday, Feb. 6 on one count of felony assault with bias intent and one count of possession of a prohibited weapon.

Abdulgader of Virginia attacked a gay man with a bottle in the 3400 block of M Street in October.

Court documents claim that the 19-year-old and his friend, Saad Elorch, approached the victim and his friend. When Abdulgader and Elorch learned of the men’s sexual orientation, they made homophobic remarks to them.

Documents also state that Abdulgader knocked the victim unconscious with a glass bottle and that he admitted to attacking the victim because he was gay.

Elorch has been charged with assaulting a police officer and attempted threats.

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