A Georgia truck driver who was provoked after seeing a gay couple express affection to each other, has received a 40-year jail term for his actions. The District Attorney’s spokesman said on Thursday that the accused driver poured hot water on the lovebirds while they slept.
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Reuters reported that Martin Blackwell, 48, was convicted by a jury on Wednesday.
The spokesman for Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said Martin received 10 charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault.
According to the report, Blackwell told police that he “heated water and poured it over Anthony Gooden Jr. and Marquez Tolbert while they slept because he was disgusted by their relationship”.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted prosecutors as saying both victims required skin grafts after the attack.
Gooden spent nearly a month in a hospital, including two weeks in a medically induced coma, and Tolbert was hospitalized for 10 days.
The attack occurred in February in an apartment in the Atlanta suburb of College Park where Gooden’s mother, who was dating Blackwell, lived.
Tolbert was 21 and Gooden 23 at the time of the attack.