GALVESTON — Two men convicted of hate crimes at a bar with gay clientele were sentenced to prison while a third awaits trial authorities said.
Alejandro Sam Gray 18 pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with an enhancement for a hate crime Galveston County Assistant District Attorney Jon Hall said.
Judge Susan Criss of Galveston’s 212th District Court sentenced Gray to 20 years on both counts but his sentences will run concurrently Hall said.
Lawrence Henry Lewis III 21 pleaded guilty in January to one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with a hate crime enhancement but Lewis reached a plea agreement for a five-year sentence Hall said.
Lewis’ brother Lawrneil Henry Lewis is on a trial docket in April Hall said.
Marc Bosaw and James Nickelsen were patrons at Robert’s Lafitte bar 2501 Ave. Q in Galveston on March 1 2009 when three men were accused of tossing chunks of concrete blocks at them.
Bosaw now 58 required 12 staples to close the gaping cut in his head.
Nickelsen was struck in the jaw but refused medical treatment.
Bosaw told The Daily News he realized he was gay at 20 when he joined the U.S. Navy and served six years aboard a submarine.
”I thought it was justified for Mr. (Lawrence) Lewis but I was shocked when Gray was given 20 years” said Bosaw who testified at Gray’s punishment hearing.
Bosaw said he was comforted by the judgments.
”I don’t want this to ruin their lives but people have been telling me I guess my life was ruined also” Bosaw said.
The night of the incident a witness chased the suspects and provided a description to police.
Galveston police quickly swept the neighborhood and arrested three suspects who were accused of tossing large concrete chunks that were used as door stops at the bar.
Bosaw who still lives in Galveston said he had not fully recovered.
”I am quite off balance and I stutter some” Bosaw said. ”I recently fell and was hospitalized with a broken shoulder and head injury again.”
Unlike Lawrence Lewis Gray chose to plead guilty and go to the court for punishment the assumption being that this was done in an attempt to possibly get a sentence of deferred adjudication Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Kurt Sistrunk said.
Bosaw said: ”Galveston has made a statement that (it) will not tolerate this kind of stuff.”