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San Francisco man pleads guilty to Castro hate crime

SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco man pleaded guilty this week to an anti-gay attack against another man who’d been walking down a Castro street.

Alejandro Bonilla, 35, pleaded guilty to a felony battery charge Wednesday, July 10 in San Francisco Superior Court in exchange for charges of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and possession of the drug Oxycontin being dismissed, court records show. The battery and assault charges carried allegations that Bonilla had committed a hate crime based on the victim’s sexual orientation.

Police said the victim and another man had been walking down 18th Street near Sanchez Street at about 4 p.m. May 19 when Bonilla approached them yelling, “Fuck you faggots” and “I hate faggots.” He clenched his fists, ran up to the man, and attacked him, according to police, who said the victim and the other man were a couple.

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