- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has sentenced a man to life in prison plus 25 years in the fatal beating of a gay man as part of a gang initiation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (https://on-ajc.com/1PGgbuB ) that 25-year-old was sentenced Friday in the 2012 death of 46-year-old Robert Ross. Prosecutors say Ross was targeted because he was gay.

DeKalb Deputy Chief District Attorney Anna Cross said Aderhold, Jonathan Ray and Christopher Foreman asked Ross for a ride back to a motel room. In the room, Ross was tied to a chair and beaten with a clothes iron, part of Foreman’s initiation.

Cross said every bone in Ross’ face was broken. His body so mutilated that paramedics couldn’t determine his sex or race.

Foreman and Ray had previously been sentenced to life in prison.

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