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Guilty plea in ’12 hate crime

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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 12:37 pm, Thu Jun 12, 2014.

A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty last Thursday to third-degree assault as a hate crime after he attacked a man with a stun gun in Ridgewood two years ago.

Shortly after 8 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2012, Joseph Desmond, 25, of Bushwick, approached a 23-year-old man and shouted an anti-gay slur at him before shocking him in the chest with a stun gun.

The victim, who suffered chest pains but was not severely injured, called police and Desmond was arrested later that evening.

The Bushwick resident’s sentencing is scheduled for July 23, and in exchange for his guilty plea, he is expected to receive between one and three years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision.

“The defendant’s guilty plea ensures that the victim of a crime motivated by hate will receive justice,” District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement. “Hate crimes — whether motivated by sexual orientation, gender, religious or ethnic bias — will never be tolerated in Queens County.”

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