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Prisoner gets 6 more years for hate crime attack on inmate he thought was gay

DALLAS — A member of the Aryan Brotherhood will serve an extended prison sentence after admitting he committed a federal hate crime by severely beating another inmate he believed to be gay.

The FBI says 27-year-old John Hall was sentenced Thursday to nearly six years after pleading guilty to violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act stemming from his assault of a fellow inmate.

The 71 month sentence will be added to the sentence Hall is currently serving in federal prison in suburban Dallas. He had been scheduled for release in August.

The assault occurred on Dec. 20, 2011, inside the Federal Correctional Institution in Seagoville, Texas, when Hall targeted and attacked the victim because he believed he was gay and involved in a sexual relationship with another male inmate.

Hall repeatedly punched, kicked and stomped on the victim’s face with his shod feet, a dangerous weapon, while yelling a homophobic slur. The victim lost consciousness during the assault and suffered multiple lacerations to his face.

The victim also sustained a fractured eye socket, lost a tooth, fractured other teeth and was treated at a hospital for the injuries he sustained during Hall’s unprovoked attack, according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Hall pleaded guilty in November 2012 to violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

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