Two men and two women were convicted in Kentucky on Wednesday for kidnapping and assaulting a gay relative. The four received varying prison sentences for taking Kevin Pennington to a deserted state park road and assaulting him in April 2011. The two men received 30-year and 17-year sentences, while the two 20-year-old women both received eight years after they testified against their male relatives. The women were the first people to be convicted under federal hate crime law, expanded in 2009 to include crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation or race.
KENTUCKY Toby Talbot/AP