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Amazon employee attacked co-worker he believed was gay

Posted at 2:04 PM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 18:21:49-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- A man who worked at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chester admitted to attacking a co-worker because he believed the co-worker was gay. A federal jury convicted James William Hill III, 36, of Chester, Tuesday with a hate crime for the 2015 assault at the Amazon Fulfillment Center.

"Evidence showed that Hill assaulted the co-worker because of the co-worker’s perceived sexual orientation," a spokesperson for the United States Attorney's office said. "Hill admitted to an Amazon manager and a Chesterfield County Police Officer that he dislikes people who are gay, and further stated that people who are gay should expect to be assaulted because of their sexual orientation."

Hill faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced at a later date.

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