Four Convicted in Gay Attack

    Inmates walk through the yard at Marble Valley Correctional Facility  in Rutland, Vt., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008. The superintendent of the facility says a disturbance at the jail was prompted by a change in prison policy. Superintendent David Bovat says the Saturday night Oct. 18, 2008 incident was incited by inmates who had lost privileges for resisting the jail's recently requirement that inmates do more than "just sleep all day." Officials expect to learn Monday the extent of the damage caused after the 13 inmates refused to return to their cells. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

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    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.

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