- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A second South Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges for the March 2012 torture of a gay African-American man in Corpus Christi.

Jimmy Garza could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison when a judge sentences him and Ramiro Serrata Jr. in Corpus Christi on Dec. 9. Serrata previously pleaded guilty on Sept. 15 to the same charges.

Garza, who’s 33, and Serrata, who’s 22, admitted in court that they lured the man to an apartment, where for three hours they punched, kicked and assaulted him with various weapons, including a frying pan, a sock filled with batteries, a belt and a broomstick. All the while, they assaulted him with racist and homophobic epithets.

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