BROOKLYN — A Queens man was sentenced to a year in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to beating a man with a stick in front of his husband while hurling anti-gay epithets in Fort Greene.
Loudal Baez, 61, of Maspeth, walked past the couple at Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue about 9:15 p.m. on Feb. 28, calling the victim a “f****t” and telling both men that they were a “disgrace.”
The victim confronted Baez, who then grabbed a stick out of nearby garbage and hit him on the hip, breaking the stick and bruising the victim.
“This defendant assaulted an innocent man who was simply walking down the street with his husband, for no other reason than the victim’s sexual orientation,” acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said.
“Today’s jail sentence holds him accountable for his hateful actions,” Gonzalez added.
Baez pleaded guilty to third-degree assault on Aug. 16 and was sentenced in Brooklyn Supreme Court by Judge Danny Chun.
His lawyer, Martin Gorfinkel, said his client denied he was motivated by bias.
"Mr. Baez pled guilty to assault in the third degree, not a hate crime," Gorfinkel told DNAinfo New York. "He was sentenced to jail time and apologized to the judge for his actions."