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Fla. Man Gets 6 Months After Shooting BB Gun, Shouting Anti-Gay Slurs at Gay Pride

Thursday May 1, 2014
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Cornelius Davis
Cornelius Davis  (Source:Pinellas County Jail)

A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to six months in jail for shooting a gay man with a BB gun during a gay pride parade last summer.

A Pinellas County judge sentenced 21-year-old Cornelius Davis on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty last week to felony battery. He initially faced a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Police say Davis was yelling homophobic slurs at a group of men marching at St. Pete Pride last June when he fired the BB gun at them. One man was hit, but officials said he wasn’t seriously injured.

Davis later acknowledged that he was upset by how little clothing some of the marchers were wearing.

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