A Georgia truck driver was sentenced to 40 years in prison for pouring boiling water over a gay couple.
On Wednesday, Martin Blackwell was convicted by a jury of 10 charges of aggravated battery, as well as aggravated assault.
According to a spokesperson for Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr., Blackwell told police he boiled water and poured it over Anthony Gooden Jr. and Marquez Tolbert while they were asleep because he was repulsed by their relationship.
The hate crime occurred in February in the College Park apartment of Gooden’s mother Kim Foster — who was dating Blackwell for three years at the time.
Prosecutors said that after the attack, both victims required skin grafts and were hospitalized for second and third degree burns.
Gooden spent nearly a month in the hospital, including two weeks in a medically induced coma.
This is sickening. We’re glad justice was served and this violent bigot will spend his life behind bars, and hope this act provides some relief to the victims.
[Image via Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.]