A San Diego man was sentenced Monday to 44 days in jail for repeatedly punching a transgender particular person at an East Village homeless useful resource heart in Could, prosecutors stated Tuesday.
Tony Taverlia McQueen, 57, pleaded responsible in San Diego Superior Courtroom to a misdemeanor battery cost and a hate-crime allegation on Sept. 22, in accordance with the San Diego Metropolis Lawyer’s Workplace. He additionally admitted to a felony theft cost in a separate case, the workplace stated in a information launch.
Prosecutors say the sufferer was on the San Diego Homelessness Response Heart on Could 24 when McQueen referred to as the particular person a homophobic slur, then punched that particular person within the head 4 occasions.
The sufferer was capable of struggle McQueen off and was not significantly damage within the assault, the Metropolis Lawyer’s Workplace stated.
McQueen was given credit score for time served in county jail and was positioned on probation for a time period of two years. He was ordered to avoid the homeless heart, which officers stated he frequented.
“Each particular person ought to be capable to dwell a peaceable and dignified life free from intimidation and violence,” Metropolis Lawyer Mara Elliott stated in a press release. “Crimes like this haven’t any place in our society. We strongly encourage victims and witnesses of hate crimes to come back ahead in order that we will search justice for our communities.’’