Vermont attack to be tried under new hate crimes law

August 20, 1990

Police have arrested two brothers for allegedly beating and attempting to rob a man because they thought he was a homosexual.

The crimes, believed to have been motivated by the victim's perceived sexual preference, will be the first prosecuted under Vermont's new hate crimes law.

Richard LaDue, 16, has been charged with the same offenses as his brother, Dominic, 28. Richard LaDue, arraigned Friday and released under conditions, will be tried as an adult. Dominic LaDue, also arraigned Friday, is being held at Chittenden Community Correctional Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.

The victim told police that one suspect had a cobra tattoo on his chest. Police were aware that Dominic LaDue, who has been charged 30 different times with a variety of offenses, had such a tattoo, the affidavit said.

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SOURCE: Bangor Daily News