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3 men sentenced to prison for homophobic murder

Feb. 3, 2014 at 11:38 AM

MOSCOW, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Three Russian men on Monday were convicted of murdering a man in Russia's Far East in a homophobic hate crime, prosecutors said.

The victim, a 29-year-old the defendants believed to be gay, was beaten and stabbed to death in the Kamchatka region in May, RIA Novosti reported.

The defendants, ages 26, 22 and 18, then put the body in a car doused with gasoline and set it ablaze, prosecutors said.

They were sentenced to between nine and 12.5 years in jail.

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