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Hate Crime Registry

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Houston lawmaker says he will press for legislation requiring hate crime offenders to register with local authorities.

Democratic state Senator Rodney Ellis says the proposal is a response to the brutal assault of a 17-year-old Hispanic boy at a party last month at a suburban Houston home.

Authorities say 18-year-old David Henry Tuck and 17-year-old Keith Robert Turner beat and sodomized the boy while at least one of them shouted racial slurs. Both are charged with aggravated sexual assault.

Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal says the suspects have not been charged with hate crimes for the attack. That's because state law does not allow years to be added onto their sentences if they are convicted.

Ellis and local leaders of the League of United Latin American Citizens say they will work to change that. They want additional years to be added to the sentences of those convicted of hate crimes.

A lawyer for the victim's family says he remains in intensive care but is improving.


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