Bayna Lekheim El-Amin, 42, who had about two dozen supporters in the courtroom, may have been slapped by one of the victims with a canvas bag but had no right to react with the brutal beating, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arlene Goldberg said as she handed down the stiff sentence to the remorseless brute.
“That you did not cause serious physical injury to them was only by luck,” Goldberg said.
El-Amin, who is 6 feet 6 inches and 280 pounds, is seen on cell phone footage from May 2015 getting whacked by a canvas bag carried by Jonathan Snipes, who said he thought he heard El-Amin refer to him and his boyfriend Ethan York-Adams as “f—-ts.”
An enraged El-Amin then knocked Snipes to the ground and stomped on his head. After a long time passed and the incident seemed to be over, he picked up a chair and swung it at their heads.
A loud thud can be heard on the footage from the impact on York-Adams’ skull.
El-Amin, who faced 3½ to 15 years behind bars, complained he had been railroaded and did not apologize for his conduct.
He claimed Snipes had a “weapon,” which was disputed by evidence, and that discrimination was the driving factor in his fate.
“I feel like my race was involved in that … if the situation was reversed and I would have went up to them, it would have been different. It wouldn’t have come out the same,” he said.
He also insisted he never said the homophobic slur he was suspected of and pointed to his history of working as an LGBT activist.
Goldberg fired back that the fact the district attorney declined to prosecute Snipes for the bag swatting was irrelevant.
She also said she didn’t see a connection to his race in the scenario. “I just do not see there was any evidence of that,” she said.
Here’s the video from our post at the time: New York: Muslim Brutally Beats Gay Couple in Restaurant (VIDEO)