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Two men sentenced in Atlanta hate-crime beating

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Two men who attacked and terrorized a 20-year-old gay man in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Atlanta in February 2012 were sentenced Wednesday.

Christopher Cain, 19, and Dorian Moragne, 20, both of Atlanta, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to beating Brandon White because of his sexual orientation.

Both Moragne and Cain were sentenced to 10 months in a federal prison. This is to run concurrent with the five years both are already serving.

Darael Demare Williams, Moragne, and Cain were all sentenced in state court in July 2012 to five years in prison and another five years on probation for each count, to be served concurrently.

Charges for all three men included two counts of aggravated assault, robbery by force and participation in criminal street gang activity.

White told CBS Atlanta News he is grateful that this is finally over and justice has been served. White said he hopes this serves as a lesson to others and that people will be more accepting of the gay and lesbian culture.

The case is the first time federal prosecutors have brought hate crimes charges based on sexual orientation in Georgia.

CBS Atlanta News' Craig Bell will have more on this story at 4 p.m.

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