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Wed Oct 29, 2014, 03:57 PM

Suspect in anti-gay hate crime at DFW Airport faces $1,000 fine, no jail time


McCleish Christmas Benham

DFW Airport police released their report Tuesday on the arrest of a man who attacked other passengers in an apparent anti-gay hate crime on Oct. 23 near Gate C-30.

After the man assaulted two people while yelling anti-gay epithets, other passengers tackled him to the ground before police arrived. Video of the attack filmed by a bystander went viral after being posted online.

According to the report obtained by Lone Star Q, the man’s name is McCleish Christmas Benham, 27, of Shelbyville, Tennessee. He is currently charged with public intoxication and simple assault, both class-C misdemeanors each punishable by a maximum $500 fine, but no jail time.

However, if prosecutors choose to utilize Texas’ hate crimes law, they could enhance the assault charge to a class-B misdemeanor. Class-B misdemeanors are punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a maximum $2,000 fine.

Read more: http://www.lonestarq.com/breaking-suspect-in-anti-gay-hate-crime-at-dfw-airport-faces-1000-fine-no-jail-time/

Cross-posted in the LGBT Group.

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Reply Suspect in anti-gay hate crime at DFW Airport faces $1,000 fine, no jail time (Original post)
TexasTowelie Oct 2014 OP
TexasTowelie Oct 2014 #1
Bluenorthwest Oct 2014 #2
Warpy Oct 2014 #3
TexasTowelie Oct 2014 #4
Warpy Oct 2014 #5
TexasTowelie Oct 2014 #6
redruddyred Oct 2014 #7
TexasTowelie Oct 2014 #8
redruddyred Oct 2014 #9
TexasTowelie Oct 2014 #11
redruddyred Oct 2014 #12
redruddyred Oct 2014 #10
LeftInTX Oct 2014 #13

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 04:01 PM

1. The good news is

that he is not from Texas!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 04:16 PM

2. His last name is shared with some other infamous bigots like Flip Benham and the twins

 

nt

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 04:19 PM

3. Kicking somebody is assault

Texas has gone completely nuts and this oaf is just one of many.

It doesn't matter than he's a moron from Tennessee. I'm convinced there's some pollutant in the air in Texas that makes me need to take a convenient dump on Texas when I change planes there and makes otherwise silent bigots act out.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 04:28 PM

4. If you will read the arrest report it indicates that he also verbally assaulted

a ticket agent who was a black female. It's also breast cancer awareness month and the man could have worn the pink shirt in observance. BTW, it was some Texans like that cowboy that took the fool to the ground. You're in the Texas group so don't bash this state in our group. Thanks.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 04:37 PM

5. You're correct in that some were Texans who took him down

and said they didn't want to put up with that crap. Kudos to them, really. I do love to see violent bigots taken down and humiliated and turned over to the cops.

And yes, I know many fine lefties there. You're just outnumbered at present.

Just forgive me for being greatly disappointed at the plea bargain. I hope the fine is the maximum but it's likely to be a tap on the wrist.



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Response to Warpy (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 04:59 PM

6. Please note that a plea bargain has not been reached.

However, if prosecutors choose to utilize Texas’ hate crimes law, they could enhance the assault charge to a class-B misdemeanor. Class-B misdemeanors are punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a maximum $2,000 fine.

Benham could also face separate, federal hate crime charges under the the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, which President Barack Obama signed five years ago this week.

DFW Airport spokeswoman Cynthia Vega said Tuesday afternoon the incident remains under investigation. Vega said the case could go to either the Dallas or Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

Pete Schulte, an openly gay Dallas criminal defense attorney and former police officer, said he was surprised the charges are so light. Schulte said Benham could have been charged with a class-A misdemeanor.


In addition, he still faces the prospect of civil charges for the injuries he caused. I think that the charges will escalate upon further investigation. I also need to correct myself--the ticket agent was not an African-American (I read American Airlines too quickly).

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 08:11 PM

7. what about ex-texans?

 

can we bash the state?

(lots of frustration here)

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Response to redruddyred (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 08:15 PM

8. There is no such thing as an ex-Texan,

we call them traitors instead!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 08:17 PM

9. I sincerely hope that that is very deep sarcasm!

 

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Response to redruddyred (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 08:24 PM

11. I was joking, of course.

I also have no objection if you want to vilify the conservative majority that are in this state.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 08:41 PM

12. just give me a platform

 

and I'm your girl.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 08:19 PM

10. imo this guy is learning disabled and possibly mildly psychotic

 

and probably deserves further examination, rather than criminal charges.

/unpopular opinion

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 09:23 PM

13. Looks like he's still out of it during his mugshot

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