Brooklyn man sentenced for anti-gay stabbing of woman in East New York

June 15, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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The District Attorney’s Office announced on Wednesday that a man has been sentenced for up to five years imprisonment for an anti-gay attack outside a bodega in East New York, on May 7, 2020. U.S. District Judge Danny Chun presided over the sentencing hearing of Samuel Huff, 32, of East New York– Huff pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault as a hate crime on March 23, 2022. 

At approximately 9:10 p.m. on May 7, Huff encountered the 33-year-old woman – and friend – inside Placencia Deli at 1129 Blake Avenue. Huff then followed the woman and her friend into Del Liquors across the street at 1130 Blake Avenue, when he approached the victim and yelled homophobic and transphobic slurs, saying, “What are you doing here? You’re not supposed to be here? You are a (explicative) and a (explicative).” The victim ignored Huff, who continued to make the remarks. 

The victim and her friend then left Del Liquors and got into a convertible parked on Blake Avenue, Huff approached the car – whose reclinable roof was down – and said, “You’re a t––y. You’re a (explicative). Get the (explicative) out of here.” Huff lunged over the passenger side door and stabbed the victim with a sharp object, afterward fleeing down Blake Avenue. The victim was transported to Brookdale Hospital and treated for a seven-stitch laceration wound to the shoulder and back. 

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun. Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “Hate has no place in Brooklyn’s diverse communities, and this shocking and unprovoked act of homophobic violence underscores the importance of vigorous hate crime prosecutions to deter anyone who may consider acting on their bigoted views.”

The defendant was arrested on May 12 after being identified from video surveillance from Placencia Deli. The victim also identified the defendant during a photo array conducted at the 75th Precinct.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Samantha Perlstein of the District Attorney’s Hate Crimes Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kelli Muse, Bureau Chief.

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