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Texan convicted of hate crime

GALVESTON, Texas – Another man was convicted of hate crimes in the hurling of chunks of concrete blocks at two men at a gay bar in the seaside city of Galveston.

Both victims suffered injuries.

Three men were charged with hate crimes for their actions on March 1, 2009. One has already been convicted, a second man pleaded guilty Friday and a third man is scheduled to go on trial in April.

Marc Bosaw and James Nickelsen were at the Robert Lafitte bar on Avenue Q in Galveston when three men accosted them and threw the concrete-block chunks at them. The chunks were being used as door stops, bar officials have said.

Bosaw said he required 12 staples to close a gaping wound in his head. The former Navy sailor, who served six years aboard a submarine, said he has not fully recovered from his injuries.

“I am quite off balance, and I stutter some,” Bosaw told a Galveston paper. “I recently fell and was hospitalized with a broken shoulder and head injury again.”

Nickelsen said he was struck in the jaw by a chunk of concrete, but declined medical treatment.

Alejandro Sam Gray, 18, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with an enhancement for a hate crime, according to the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office. He was sentenced to 20 years on both counts, but the sentences will run concurrently.

Lawrence Henry Lewis III, 21, pleaded guilty in January to one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with a hate crime enhancement. He reached a plea deal for a five-year sentence, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Lewis’ brother, Lawrneil Henry Lewis, is scheduled to be tried in April.