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Steven Woodson recalls horror of hate crime, awaits attacker's sentencing

Discussion in 'Courtroom' started by Uno2Much, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Stabbed for being black — A hate crime victim recalls not wanting to die

    The scar travels from Steven Woodson’s sternum to his bellybutton, a visible marker of the day he was stabbed just for being a black man.

    Almost two years later, the trauma remains raw, just under the surface.
    This month, a jury found his attacker, Joel Hunt, 57, guilty of aggravated battery while committing a hate crime. The upgraded hate crime charge doubles Hunt’s potential maximum punishment to 30 years.

    Hunt is expected to be sentenced early in 2018.
    Although the verdict has brought Woodson some closure, he would have been happier had Hunt been handed the attempted murder conviction prosecutors had asked for, he said. But the jury chose the lesser offense.
    “Thank God the state got some justice for Steven Woodson, because our society will break down if racist people with knives can go around stabbing people,” said Woodson’s attorney, Cullin O’Brien. “That mindset should not exist, and acts of that nature need to be swiftly punished, justly punished.”

    Read more: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-sb-hate-crime-conviction-20171220-story.html
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