Brooke Sopelsa writes at NBC News:
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 kidnappings, carjackings, using firearms to commit violent crimes and hate crimes.
“Hate crimes are an attack on a fundamental principle of the United States to be free from fear of violence because of your sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, religion, or national origin,” Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said in a statement. “The Department of Justice is committed to using every tool at its disposal to combat this type of violence.”