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Man pleads guilty to hate crime at NYC gay bar
NEW YORK -- A man accused of spitting anti-gay and racist insults while attacking a patron at one of New York City's oldest gay bars has pleaded guilty to assault as a hate crime and other charges.
Frederick Giunta entered his plea Tuesday in the October attack at Julius. It occurred at a Manhattan tavern where a 1966 "sip-in" marked an early moment in the gay-rights movement.
The 45-year-old Giunta is expected to receive a 3 1/2-year prison sentence.
His lawyer, Hershel Katz, says Giunta's behavior stemmed from drunkenness, not malice.
Police say the victim was trying to defuse a dispute between Giunta and another customer when Giunta hit the victim in the face and used the epithets.
Giunta also pleaded guilty to attempted robbery for grabbing at a man's wallet at another bar.
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