Gay ex-mayor pleads guilty in meth-for-sex case

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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A Fairfax County Circuit Court judge startled onlookers on Monday when she ordered the gay former mayor of Fairfax City, R. Scott Silverthorne, held in jail while he awaits sentencing in June after he pled guilty to one count of distributing methamphetamine.

Silverthorne was arrested last August in a police sting operation after he provided methamphetamine to an undercover detective posing as a willing sex partner in exchange for what he thought would be permission to participate in an orgy with other men at a hotel in Tysons Corner, Va.

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Mississippi man pleads guilty in transgender teen’s death

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Lucedale, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi man accused of killing a transgender teen pleaded guilty July 12 in county court.

Josh Vallum, 28, entered a guilty plea for murder in the 2015 beating death of 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson of Theodore, Alabama.

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Nebraska man faces two years in prison for burning rainbow flag

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identity-flagOmaha, Neb. (AP) – An Omaha man accused of stealing a gay pride rainbow flag and burning it has been found guilty.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that 24-year-old Cameron Mayfield was found guilty of arson. Prosecutors said that the charge was prosecuted as a felony, not a misdemeanor, because the incident was investigated as a hate crime.

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Texas men get maximum sentences for torturing gay man

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Corpus Christi, Texas (AP) – Two South Texas men have received the maximum 15-year sentences in federal prison after pleading guilty to federal hate crime charges in the March 2012 torture of a gay African-American man in Corpus Christi.

Ramiro Serrata Jr. and Jimmy Garza were sentenced in Corpus Christi by Senior U.S. District Judge Hayden Head. Both men must pay the victim $10,800 in restitution, serve three years of supervised release and register as sex offenders. Both pleaded guilty last September.

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Man found guilty of manslaughter of local transgender woman

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Orlando – The man responsible for the murder of Ashley Sinclair, a popular local performer, has been found guilty of manslaughter. A jury delivered Kent Louis’ verdict Dec. 12.

Sinclair,who was also known as Mohagany Shylanda Singleton, was shot and killed in April 2013.The 30-year-old transgender woman’s body was found in a wooded area off of Nimrod Lane early in the morningon April 4, 2013.

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Tampa teen found guilty of attempted murder of transgender man

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TAMPA – Tampa teen was accused of trying to kill a member of the transgender community has been found guilty of attempted murder. Tavares Spencer was tried as an adult on charges that included attempted first-degree felony murder, attempted second-degree murder and robbery. He was found guilty on Oct. 31 for the April 9 crime.

On that date, authorities say the victim, who is legally known as Terrience McDonald, 22, agreed to meet with a teenager he knew only as “Vares.” He had met Vares a week before at a party, and the two had agreed to meet up again.

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