Alleged Assailant Who Posted Bloody Photos of Gay Victim Pleads Guilty

Brandon Michael Wiley (Source:Rutherford County Sheriff's Office )

(Edge) A 24-year-old man entered a plea of guilty in the beating a gay man before then posting photos of the victim lying battered on the floor of a bar in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, multiple news sources report.

The Associated Press reported that Brandon Michael Wiley, of Lewisburg, Tenn., entered a guilty plea to charges of aggravated assault, and noted that Wiley then "bragged about the attack," posting photos of the man he had assaulted.

The victim, who was not named in media reports, suffered facial fractures and required hospitalization. 

Wiley claimed that the victim had "grabbed his junk and molested him," a police report said, according to a report published at The Daily New Journal

The problem with that claim: Video that captured the incident did not back it up. According to the victim, Wiley attacked him after the victim "propositioned" him. 

The defendant was arrested last July. A security guard claimed to have been an eye witness to the beating and identified Wiley as the perpetrator to police, The Daily News Journal reported. In September, Wiley told the publication that the beating "wasn't a hate crime," and added, "That really hurt me when that got added."

Wiley is due back in court on June 28 for sentencing.


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