- Kevin Hale
Kevin Hale (1969- July 30, 2005) was a
gayman who was strangledto death in the small town of Montrose, Colorado. He was 36.
The Hate Crime
Kevin John Hale, age 36, was born on June 15 and was a gay man. His two alleged assailants knew about his sexual orientation. One of the defendants was a coworker of Hale, who had previously complained of harassment by him in the workplace. Hale had complained to the police on several recent occasions that he feared for his life and was being harassed. Family members of Hale believe that he was subjected to significant anti-gay harassment. Hale's body was found the morning of
July 30, 2005in Buckley Park with blood on his hand while his emptied wallet was nearby. Hale is said to have been put in a choke hold and autopsyreports show that he died from strangulation.
Several hours later, Jason Fiske turned himself in and implicated Adam Hernandez. Fiske and Hernandez were originally charged with
first degree murder, intimidation, and robbery; but not a hate crime. Fiske told the police that Hale had made a sexual advance towards him. This "gay panic" justification was also involved in the Matthew Shepardcase in Wyomingand the Skyock case in Colorado; both cases were widely acknowledged as crimes of anti-gay violence.
Since the arrest, Hernandez was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to
manslaughterand theft. He was originally charged with felonymurder in the July 30 death of Hale could instead be sent to a Department of Corrections boot camp program if the agency determines he's an appropriate candidate. The judge ordered a six-year sentence formanslaughter and a two-year sentence for theft, with the sentences to run back-to-back. Under the pleaagreement, prosecutors had asked that Hernandez serve no more than eight years. Fiske is charged with first-degree murder.
* [http://www.glbtcolorado.org/site/c.anKIIPNtEqG/b.1106361/k.2A6C/Kevin_Hale_Murder_Case_Montrose_CO.htm GLBT Colorado site summary of Hale case]
* [http://www.montrosepress.com/articles/2007/09/21/news/doc46f340e8ebff2965561138.txt Montrose (Colo.) Daily Press Brief: Fiske sentence should be reduced] 2007-09-22
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