Oct 13, 2021
Dallas man sentenced in plot targeting gay men for violent crimes using a dating app
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mail: [NewsMag]victims based on their perceived sexual orientation, then viciously assaulted them. The Department of Justice will not tolerate these sorts of heinous, hate-based attacks," said Acting US Attorney Chad Meacham for the Northern District of Texas. "Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, bigots often lurk online. We urge users of dating apps like Grindr to remain vigilant."The plot began in December 2017, according to the release. Jenkins and a co-conspirator created profiles on Grindr to lure men to locations where they would rob them, the DOJ said. Read MoreOn one occasion, Jenkins admitted that he and a group of others brought multiple victims to an apartment complex where they robbed them at gunpoint and assaulted them, injuring at least one of the victims, the release said. Members of the group used gay slurs as they taunted victims, and one of the perpetrators attempted to sexually assault a victim, the DOJ said Jenkins admitted.The other men -- Michael Atkinson, Pablo Ceniceros-Deleon and Daryl Henry -- also have pleaded guilty, and their sentences range from 11 to 22 years in prison. "This sentence affirms that bias-motivated crimes run contrary to our national values and underscores the Justice Department's commitment to aggressively prosecuting bias-motivated crimes, including crimes against the LGBTQI community. We will continue to pursue justice for victims of bias-motivated crimes, wherever they occur," said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
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Texas man sentenced to 14 months in prison over social media threats tied to Capitol riot
A Texas man was sentenced Thursday to 14 months in prison over violent threats he made on social media from his hotel room in Washington related to the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Troy Smocks, 59, was the second person to be sentenced among those who have pleaded guilty to a felony tied to the Capitol riot. In particular, he pleaded guilty to one count of making a threat in interstate commerce.
“Prepare our weapons, and then go get’em. Lets hunt these cowards down like the Traitors that each of them are," Smock admitted to saying on social media platform Parler. "This includes RINOS, Dems, and Tech Execs. We now have the green light. All who resist US are enemies of Our Constitution, and must be treated as such. Today, the cowards ran as We took the Capital. They have it back now, only because We left. It wasn’t the building that We wanted. . . it was them!”
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Smocks, a black man, attempted to argue that he was treated more harshly because of his race, according to the Washington Post . However, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is also black, rejected the assertion.
“I have not seen a scintilla of evidence that prosecutors’ decisions have been racially motivated,” Chutkan told Smocks. “You come here and try to make yourself out as a victim of racism, and again, I find that offensive. ... People protesting largely peacefully for the civil rights of a murdered unarmed man is not the same as an attempt to violently disrupt the operations of Congress. Those two are not the same, and that’s a false equivalency."
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Chutkan said Smock's lack of remorse over his actions and his `17 prior convictions, which included impersonating members of the military and the police, were justifications for her sentencing.
Smocks will serve five more months in prison, having already served eight months. Chutkan has agreed to let Smocks serve the rest of his sentence in Dallas.News January 6 Court District Court for the District Parler Texas DC