A plea agreement allowed four men who were accused of beating a lesbian couple during a Miami Beach pride celebration in 2018 to avoid going to jail.
Following the Pride Parade on South Beach, Juan Carlos Lopez, Luis Alonso, Adonis Diaz, and Pablo Figueroa were charged with assaulting a homosexual couple and using anti-gay insults against them.
After being charged with severe violence and upgraded hate crime charges, the four were facing lengthy prison terms.
The charges were modified to battery with prejudice, a second-degree felony, as part of the plea agreement from Monday, though.
Each of the four got a five-year probationary period, 200 hours of community service, and was required to take an anger management course.
As part of the agreement, they also had to make an apology in court on Monday.
Alonso apologized, saying, “This is not me, I wish we had behaved differently, and I’m sure it’s not going to happen again.” “I apologize in advance.”
A portion of the event was caught on video. The victims said that when they exited the South Beach facilities, there was an unintentional bump. The four males punched and pummeled the couple as the situation escalated into an assault.
The defendants attempted to have the case dismissed earlier this year in accordance with Florida’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” legislation, claiming they were protecting themselves, but the court rejected their request.
According to Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, “as a community, we must always come together to address issues of violence, especially when it is founded in prejudice and hatred.” I’m happy that we were able to provide these victims with the justice they rightfully want and a modicum of closure today so that healing may start.