Hate Crime Suspects Plead Guilty to Felony Charges

Hate Crime Suspects Plead Guilty to Felony Charges

The two hate crime suspects who attacked a married gay couple in Palm Springs in 2015 have pleaded guilty to assault charges. Christopher Carr, the 31-year-old who initiated the attack, also pleaded guilty to committing a hate crime. He has been sentenced to four years in prison. Keith Terranova, 36, received a three-year probationary sentence for his involvement in the attack.

The men assaulted a local gay activist and his husband on November 1, 2015. Chris Zander, one of the victims, said he was leaving Hunters Nightclub with his husband George that night when Carr bumped into them and shouted a homophobic slur. As the pair walked onto South Calle Encilia, Carr and Terranova followed them and attacked them. One of the suspects hit Chris on the head, causing him to black out. George was then pushed to the ground, which caused his hip to fracture.

Hate Crime Suspects Fled Scene

The hate crime suspects initially fled the scene. Terranova turned himself in to the police on November 11, 2015. Police arrested Carr two weeks later. The two were charged with multiple crimes including elder abuse, some of which were dropped.

George Zander, 71, died on December 10, 2015. However, officials determined the death was not a result of injuries suffered in the attack.

“We’re relieved that the suspects involved this heinous crime are facing justice for their actions. Hate crimes will not be tolerated in our community,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.