Gay Basher Receives No Jail Time, Attempts To Hug Victims In Court
A gay basher in Florida received no jail time and attempted to hug his victims, Kevin Paul Taylor and Kevin Seymour, in court. The 30-year-old assailant, Brandon Ray Davis, admitted to calling the men "faggots" and yelling "You're in Trump country now!" before smashing his scooter into one of the victim's bike tires.
Recounting the assault The Miami Herald reports:
The incident Feb. 23 began when Seymour and Taylor watched a scooter rider almost run head-on into traffic on Duval Street from Truman Avenue. Seymour called out to the man and Taylor asked him if perhaps he should be walking, given his drunken demeanor.
Davis responded hatefully, the men said, calling them faggots, asking if they wanted to suck his penis and noting they had probably come from a nearby gay bar. Then, Davis added they probably voted for “that b---- Hillary” and that they were “in Trump country now!”
The couple left the scene but Davis followed them for nearly five blocks, ramming Seymour’s rear bike tire with his scooter tire.
“He wouldn’t let us get away from him,” Taylor said.
“I tried to save this man’s life,” Seymour told Miller, the judge. “He tried to end mine.”
When the couple told Davis they were calling police, they said Davis replied, “If you call the cops I will cut that faggot body up,” and told them he was a correctional officer.
In court, Davis presented himself as a landscaper.
Davis addressed his victims in court.
Then Davis turned toward the two men he threatened in a drunken stupor four months ago, walked toward them from the court’s center and offered to embrace them.
“My heart goes out to you guys, every bit of it,” Davis said to Taylor and Seymour, who were seated in the front row behind the prosecutor’s table. “I’m asking you to come put your arms around me, take my hand.”
The two men were silent.
“I haven’t said I haven’t had an alcohol problem,” Davis said in court, looking at the couple. “I’m asking for your forgiveness, more than anybody.”
Davis was sentenced to four years probation, 75 hours of community service and was banned from tasting alcohol for two years. Davis was also ordered to undergo a substance abuse and a psychological evaluation and take anger management classes. A portion of his community service must be LGBTQ-related.
The victims expressed their disappointment that he received no jail time.
“At the end of the day he assaulted us,” said Taylor. “At least a few days in jail.”
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