Earlier this year DNA reported on the horrific crime spree of, Anthony Shelton (20), Nigel Garrett (21), Chancler Encalade (20), and Cameron Ajiduah (19) who used the dating app Grindr to arrange hook-ups with gay men only to assaulted and rob them.
The targeted brutal homophobic attacks saw the unsuspecting Grindr app users visited by the four men who forced their way into their victims’ home brandishing a firearm – before assaulting and restraining the victims, robbing them, and humiliating them by shouting anti-gay slurs.
21-year-old Nigel Garrett was jailed for 15 years after he was convicted of using dating app Grindr to seek out and attack gay men in January, Chancler Encalade 10 years.
The final two, Anthony Shelton and Cameron Ajiduah were sentenced to 20 and 15 years in prison, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown said after the final ruling: “In this case, the defendants misused the internet for sinister purposes in order to target an innocent man based on his sexual orientation, causing him bodily harm and damage to his property.”
“The Department of Justice will not tolerate any act of violence targeting individuals based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, colour, religion, disability, or national origin,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore.