Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Two get three years probation in Pink Saturday beating

Two gay men who beat another gay man on Pink Saturday were sentenced to three years of probation this week.

As part of the sentence from San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ronald Albers, Otis Cooley, 28, of Emeryville and Dominic McGuire, 19, of Oakland have to stay away from Ray Tilton, 47, (pictured at left) and three of Tilton’s friends, who were witnesses to the incident, which started June 26 outside the 440 Castro bar.

Among other conditions Albers handed down Wednesday, December 22, Cooley and McGuire must also perform 100 hours of community service and keep away from 440 Castro.

Tuesday, December 21, a jury convicted Cooley and McGuire, a.k.a. Deonsay Roberts, with attacking Tilton outside the bar the day before this year’s LGBT Pride celebration.

The jury acquitted Derek Price, 27, of San Leandro and Laselle Manning, 31, of Mesa, California, in the same incident.

Tilton, who lives in Santa Rosa and was Mr. San Francisco Leather in 1990, said that he was pleased with the verdict, especially since many police officers and attorneys had told him the misdemeanor battery case probably wouldn’t make it to trial.

He said that during the sentencing hearing, Albers “very much brought the gay community into it and a number of times brought up gay Pride weekend,” and how it was “supposed to be a celebration.”

He also credited Assistant District Attorney Lilly Nguyen for her work in prosecuting the case.

“She kept saying over and over how important she knew this was for the community,” said Tilton.

Samuel Lasser, the attorney who represented Manning, said several jurors told him “They didn’t think she was telling the truth when she testified, but beyond that the evidence wasn’t clear enough as to her and what she did, what her role was.”

Lasser added, though, “I didn’t think the evidence was clear as to anyone” and their part in the incident.

Attorneys representing Cooley, McGuire, and Price didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Titlon said he’s been invited to join the San Francisco Police Department’s citywide LGBT forum, which is expected to have its next meeting in January.

“I really have felt a weight of responsibility to my community to take a stand with this,” said Tilton. “… I definitely feel like I’ve continued with my job of being a community leader and making a positive difference.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, December 23, 2010 @ 3:05 pm PST
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