DA's office: Man pleads guilty to hate crime
NEW ORLEANS - The Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office says a 20-year-old man has pleaded guilty to a hate crime and to second-degree battery for a punch that knocked out a gay man and broke his eye socket in four places.
Spokesman Christopher Bowman says Criminal District Court Judge Julian Parker gave 20-year-old Jamie Hebert a suspended five-year sentence and put him on three years' probation Wednesday.
Bowman says the Feb. 23 incident started when someone in a group with Hebert shouted a vulgar comment at two men walking hand-in-hand. When one man replied it was easy to say that from across the street, Hebert went over and punched him in the face.
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says he doesn't regularly prosecute cases as hate crimes, but this one called for it.