For years, I have been trying to warn y’all about gay dating apps and the dangers that can potentially come with it.
This story is no different.
A young Frisco man who participated with other men in four home invasions last year in which gay men were tied up and assaulted was sentenced Monday to 20 years in federal prison.
Anthony Shelton, who was 19 at the time of his indictment last year, is the third Frisco man to be sentenced for the federal hate crime. A fourth is awaiting trial.
Shelton entered a plea agreement Monday.
“Mr. Shelton accepted responsibility for his role in this case by pleading guilty,” Scott Palmer of Addison said in an email. Palmer is Shellton’s attorney. “Anthony expressed his sincere remorse for his actions and the harm he caused to the victims. This case took a heavy toll on his family and friends who were shocked he would be involved in anything like this.”
The men used Grindr, a social media dating platform for gay men, to arrange to meet victims in January and February 2017 in homes in Plano, Frisco and Aubrey, federal prosecutors say. Authorities reported four home invasions in those cities.
Once inside a victim’s home, the men, who were armed, bound the victim with tape, beat him up and made derogatory statements to the victim for being gay, federal authorities say. They also stole property from the victim, including his vehicle.
As part of a plea agreement, Nigel Garrett, 21, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison this past January for his involvement in the hate crimes. Chancler Encalade, 20, received a 10-year sentence in February.
Cameron Ajiduah’s case is pending trial. He was 18 at the time of his indictment.