DALLAS (AP) — One of four Texas men accused of using a dating app to assault and rob gay men has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Federal prosecutors say 21-year-old Nigel Garrett and three other Dallas-area men were charged with hate crimes, kidnappings, carjackings and using firearms to commit violent crimes.READ MORE: Man Who Sold Gun Used In Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue Hostage Crisis Federally Charged
An 18-count indictment alleges the men arranged meetings at victims’ homes through a social media dating platform for gay men. Investigators say most victims were tied up, assaulted and robbed at gunpoint.READ MORE: Arlington Police Release Image Of Person Of Interest In Alphonso Lewis Jr. Slaying
The indictment alleges the suspects are responsible for four home invasions in North Texas, in the cities of Plano, Frisco and Aubrey, over about a three-week period early last year.
Garrett was sentenced Wednesday following a plea agreement. The other three suspects also have pleaded guilty. They’re awaiting sentencing.MORE NEWS: Justice Department, DEA, Dallas Police Arrest 20 Drug Dealers In ‘Operation Shut Down Corner’
(© Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)