Man gets year in jail in beating of gay man, others
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A 21-year-old Magna man who joined in the beating of three people near Ensign Peak last year -- an attack Salt Lake City police have called a hate crime -- was sentenced Friday to probation and a year in jail.

Fa Junior MoiMoi was one of at least five men who attacked the victims after one victim said he was gay, according to charges filed in 3rd District Court.

MoiMoi was identified and arrested for the Aug. 9, 2008, beating because, prior to the attack, he had asked the victims -- a brother, sister and their aunt -- to take his picture, which was later shown by TV stations.

He was charged with one count of first-degree felony aggravated assault and two counts of class A misdemeanor assault. On Friday, he pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree felony aggravated assault and the other charges were dismissed.

In addition to jail time, MoiMoi must complete 200 hours of community service, write a letter of apology to the victims, obtain his high school diploma and pay medical restitution of more than $36,500.

The male victim suffered "significant facial trauma," including a broken bone near his eye, according to police. He and his sister were taken to a hospital for treatment, charges state.

A second suspect, 24-year-old Sione Tupou Malohi is also charged, and a $100,000 warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Prosecutors say MoiMoi and Malohi were co-workers who went to the Ensign Peak area that night as part of an after-work party.

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