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Attacker Sentenced to 'Up to Five Years' for Brooklyn Hate Crime Stabbing

Thursday June 16, 2022

Attacker Sentenced to 'Up to Five Years' for Brooklyn Hate Crime Stabbing
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A convicted assailant received a prison term of "up to five years" for a hate crime attack in which he stabbed a woman while hurling homophobic and transphobic slurs, the New York Post reported.

"Samuel Huff, 32, hurled the homophobic slur at the 33-year-old victim just moments before he lunged at her in East New York back in May 2020," the Post article recounted. "He pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault as a hate crime."

The Brooklyn Eagle detailed that Huff initially approached the woman and her friend shortly after 9:00 on the evening of May 7, 2020."

After following the two women across the street to a liquor store, Huff began to berate the victim with homophobic and transphobic slurs. "You're a t---y. You're a (expletive). Get the (expletive) out of here," he said, according to the Eagle.

Though the victim attempted to ignore him and walk away, Huff assaulted her after she got into her convertible. Pix 11 detailed that Huff "lunged over the passenger side door and stabbed the victim in the shoulder with a sharp object before running off."

"The victim suffered a cut to the shoulder and back that required seven stitches at Brookdale Hospital," the Pix report said.

Huff was arrested after being identified thanks to security camera video, the Post article noted.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez decried the assault in a statement and vowed that violent assailants would be punished.

"Hate has no place in Brooklyn's diverse communities, and this shocking and unprovoked act of homophobic violence underscores the importance of vigorous hate crime prosecutions to deter anyone who may consider acting on their bigoted views," Gonzalez declared.

"Our dedicated Hate Crimes Bureau relentlessly pursues cases against those who victimize our neighbors because of their perceived race, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity or religion and we are deeply committed to preventing these despicable offenses in Brooklyn."