PLANO (AP) — A third Texas man has pleaded guilty to hate-crime assaults on men because the victims were gay.
Chancler Encalade pleaded guilty Monday in Plano to assaulting men because they were gay. Previously, Nigel Garrett and Cameron Ajiduah (ah-JEED’-wah) entered similar pleas to crimes under the federal hate-crimes statute.READ MORE: Poll: American Families Jumping Hurdles To Feed Families & Overcome Food Challenges
Encalade, Garrett and Agiduah have admitted that they and Anthony Shelton used a dating website for gay men to arrange to meet their victims in the victims’ homes. Once there, they would bound their victim with tape, physically assault and verbally abuse the man for being gay, then steal items from their homes.READ MORE: I-Team: Relief Money Slow To Reach Desperate Texas Renters Facing Eviction
The men could be sentenced to up to life in prison and fined up to $250,000. No sentencing date has been set. Shelton still awaits trial.MORE NEWS: Boston Man Sentenced For Bringing Women To North Texas To Work In Sex Trade
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