I will keep this short and simple. I cannot understand how a person can be killed, and the killer is given a plea deal for simple assault (after originally being charged with manslaughter). Tony Hunter, from P.G. County, MD, was attacked by a group of kids while he was on his way to a Shaw area gay spot here in DC. Hunter died as a result of his injuries from the attack. The killer apparently used the "gay panic" defense, and the prosecution seems to have bought it hook, line and sinker. Hunter's killer accepted a plea deal for simple assault, and he is out on bond on his own recognizance. The maximum sentence in this case: 180 days.
I am gobsmacked at how a miscarriage of justice of this magnitude could happen. 180 days for killing a gay man in the District of Columbia. That makes no damn sense.
UPDATE (10.16.09): Having read more reports, I better understand how something like this sentence could happen, and I think one of the comments suggested how it could work. It looks like it was determined that the victim died from the injuries he sustained from hitting his head on the ground, not directly from the hit from the defendant, which apparently changes the legal outcome, as we know. I need my attorney friends to help out here.