4 Relatives Headed to Jail for Attack on Gay Man
But attempt to use new federal hate crime law has mixed results
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 20, 2013 10:49 AM CDT
Anthony Ray Jenkins and David Jason Jenkins are seen in these booking photos.   (US Marshall's Service via CNN)

(Newser) – Four relatives were sentenced in federal court yesterday for kidnapping a gay man and attempting to beat him to death in a case that tried out the new federal hate crime provision covering crimes motivated by sexual orientation. Prosecutors say two women convinced Kevin Pennington to get into their truck with a story that they needed his help getting drugs; joined by David Jenkins, 39, and cousin Anthony Jenkins, 22, the four took him into a deserted part of a Kentucky state park. According to testimony, the men attacked him as the women shouted gay slurs; the men were looking for a tire iron to kill him with when Pennington escaped.

David and Anthony were both convicted of kidnapping and conspiracy, earning them 30 and 17 years in prison, respectively, but CNN reports that in a major disappointment for the Justice Department, they were both acquitted on the hate crime charges. Attorneys for the men argued the assault had nothing to do with Pennington's sexual orientation, but that the elder Jenkins believed they were en route to a seller who was a police informant, and went ballistic, reports the Herald-Leader. Their cohorts Mable Jenkins (Anthony's sister) and Alexis Jenkins (Anthony's wife) became the first sentenced under the new hate crime provisions, but they pleaded guilty to those charges, as part of a deal to testify against the men. Each got eight years in prison, with Mable getting an additional four months.

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Jun 25, 2013 10:47 AM CDT
I felt bad for guy who got his ass whipped, until I saw that he was beat cause he got into the truck for a drug deal! So with that , maybe he lied about being beat for being Gay??? but for a drug deal gone bad?? Lets face it! Drugs do make those who use them , do whatever it takes to get that next fix! Not saying he deserved an ass whopping, but add drugs to it, and I am thinking that he may lied. (guy who was beat)
Jun 23, 2013 1:51 PM CDT
WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO BRING BACK "OLD SPARKY" Time to french fry the freaks with murder in their hearts.
Jun 23, 2013 11:48 AM CDT