By: Mark Fitzgerald
‘Gay Panic’ Defense Fails
A former Navy sailor will be sentenced Nov. 23 following his conviction for murdering the publisher of the San Francisco Spanish-language newspaper, Los Horizontes.
Steven Nary, 22, was found guilty of second-
degree murder while using a weapon in the fatal beating of Juan Pifarre, who was 54 when he was killed in 1996. Pifarre was a well-known Latino community activist.
During his trial, Nary used a ‘gay panic’ defense, according to a Nov. 4 story by Katie Szymanski in the Bay Area Reporter. Nary, who was 18 at the time of the killing, said he went to Pifarre’s home and engaged in oral sex with the publisher. Nary said he later choked Pifarre in ‘self-defense.’
Nary faces a sentence of 16 years to life in prison.
Mark Fitzgerald (firstname.lastname@example.org) is editor at large for Editor & Publisher magazine.
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