WEST VILLAGE, Manhattan — The 36-year-old man convicted of the 2013 hate-crime murder of a gay man in Greenwich Village was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison Tuesday.
In March, Elliot Morales was found guilty on multiple charges including murder as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon.
Carson, who was openly gay and a yogurt store manager, was walking with his childhood best friend just after midnight on May 18, 2013. The 32-year-old and his friend were just a few blocks from Stonewall Inn when Morales walked up to them and began yelling anti-gay slurs.
Morales then pulled out a gun and shot Carson in the head, killing him.
Officers caught up with Morales a few minutes later after he fled the scene.
During the trial, Morales identified as bisexual and argued that he couldn't be a bigot because of his sexual orientation, according to the Associated Press.
Prosecutors said Morales was jealous of Carson and his friend and had issues of his own sexuality.
In a press release, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said:
"As we mourn the lives lost in Orlando, we remain committed to doing everything we can to combat and prevent crimes against LGBT New Yorkers. We must never allow violence and hate to undermine the progress we have made as a city, a state, and a nation. New Yorkers of all sexual orientations and gender expressions have an inviolable right to walk safely through our communities without being taunted, shot, or killed. I hope that this sentence provides some measure of comfort to the victim’s loved ones."