Boy, 16, Pleads In Assault Of Gay Man In Detroit

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DETROIT (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has pleaded no contest to assault for his part in an attack on a young gay man during a gay pride celebration in Detroit.

The boy made the plea Wednesday in Wayne County Juvenile Court. A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

Authorities say the teen was part of a group of males who punched and kicked 20-year-old Christin Howard on June 8. Defense attorney Jeff Schwartz has said the boy made a bad decision to be among adults when Howard was hurt.

A cellphone video shows Howard fighting back. He sustained a broken finger and bruises on his face and back.

The teen faces sentencing Aug. 26.


Greg Kabel

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