Marines Arrested After Attack on Gay Man

Victim says they beat him up for winking at them
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2010 1:42 PM CDT
Marines Arrested After Attack on Gay Man
Keil Cronauer, left, and Christopher Stanzel, right, are seen here in their booking photos.   (Chatham County Sheriff)

(Newser) – Two Marines in Savannah, Georgia, were arrested for allegedly beating up a gay man they thought had winked at them. The Marines, Keil Cronauer and Christopher Stanzel, say the victim, Kieran Daly, was harassing them, the Savannah Morning News reports. But Daly tells a different story. “The guy thought I was winking at him. I told him, ‘I was squinting, man,’” Daly said.

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Daly says the Marine told him he demanded respect because he’d served in Iraq, and then yelled a slur at him as he walked away. “That’s the last thing I remember is walking away,” he says. He was beaten so badly he sustained bruises on his brain, and suffered two seizures following the attack. The FBI is investigating whether hate crime laws apply, notes the Huffington Post. (Read more Marines stories.)

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