The Mutiny has been following closely the case of the Satendar Singh’s murder. He is the 26 year old Fijian national who died after he was fatally injured in a public park in Sacramento last summer. Singh was attacked by two men who made racial and homophobic slurs before assaulting him.
Though Andrey Vusik had fled the country, there has been an ongoing trial against his accomplice Aleksander Shevchenko. The trial has been going on this past June. The big debate amongst the jury? Was this or wasn’t it a hate crime.
After more than four days of tense deliberations, the jury of seven women and five men could not agree on whether the defendant was involved in the confrontation because he believed Singh was gay. The panel emerged before noon and told Judge Gary S. Mullen that they were “irrevocably deadlocked” on the hate- crime allegation that Aleksandr Shevchenko, 22, faced for his role in last year’s fight. The Sacramento man was found guilty on two misdemeanor counts: disturbing the peace and simple assault for throwing a bottle. [SacBee]
Reading Anna’s post on the case from last summer, it’s hard to imagine this case could be considered anything BUT a hate crime. They returned to court July 11th.
A 22-year-old Sacramento man has been sentenced to 150 days in jail for his role in the death of a Fijian immigrant...Shevchenko was convicted in June of disturbing the peace and simple assault for throwing a bottle during a confrontation last summer between two groups at Lake Natoma, about 15 miles east of Sacramento.[GLT]
150 days for killing a man, huh? Seems like we haven’t come that far since the Vincent Chin case. Words escape me.