Daniel Rodriguez was sentenced on
Friday to 12 years in prison in connection with the October, 2009
beating of Jack Price, New York City-based NY1 reported.
Rodriguez, 21 at the time of the
attack, and Daniel Aleman kicked and pummeled the 5-foot-6, 130-pound
Price as he was coming out of a corner deli around 3AM in the
middle-class neighborhood of College Point in Queens.
Price suffered a broken jaw, fractured
ribs and a lacerated spleen from the attack.
Price told media outlets that the two
men followed him to the store and called him a “stupid faggot”
and “dumb faggot” in Spanish.
Both men pleaded guilty to charges of
first-degree robbery as a hate crime. Rodriguez was also sentenced
to five years' probation.
Aleman was sentenced to eight years in
prison last month.
During his capture, Rodriguez denied he
was homophobic, a claim his sister was willing to support.
“This wasn't a hate crime.”
Christina Rodriguez told the Daily News. “If he's guilt of
anything, he'll man up to it.”
Rodriguez, however, allegedly told
detectives, “I was angry, 'cause Jack is disgusting.”