A man accused of attacking a gay couple with a chair in a New York restaurant last spring has been found guilty of two counts of second-degree assault and first-degree attempted assault.
In May 2015, a fight broke out involving Bayna Lekheim El-Amin and boyfriends Ethan Adams and Jonathan Snipes in a Dallas BBQ in Chelsea. Snipes maintained he took a swipe at the 6′ 6″, 280lb El-Amin after he called them “faggots.”
In response, El-Amin attacked Snipes, cracking a chair over his head and then stomping on him on the ground.
El-Amin’s lawyer maintained he had a right to defend himself, but prosecutors said it was anger, not self-preservation that caused him to attack the much smaller men.
“The defendant didn’t attack these men because he was scared for his life — he attacked them because Jonathan Snipes humiliated him and he was pissed off,” argued Assistant District Attorney Leah Saxtein.
Allegations that El-Amin, 42, is gay himself surfaced shortly after his arrest but were not addressed at trial. He faces up to 15 years in prison and will be sentenced on June 14.