One of the beatings was captured on videotape, outraging homeless advocates nationwide. Prosecutors sought first-degree murder charges against Brian Hooks, 21, and Thomas Daugherty, After deliberating about nine hours over two days, a jury convicted them of lesser second-degree murder and two counts each of attempted second-degree murder. They could face life in prison. Prosecutors repeatedly played the surveillance video, which shows a surviving victim desperately trying to cover his body from numerous blows. At closing arguments, prosecutors also presented baseball bats similar to the ones the defendants used, describing how the men hid the bats in their pants and sneaked up on defenseless victims like year-old Norris Gaynor, who was sleeping on a park bench when he was beaten to death.
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Two of the men, Thomas Daugherty and Brian Hooks, were sentenced Friday to 25 and 22 years in prison, respectively, after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. Gaynor, 45, looked "like a smashed pumpkin" when he was brought to the emergency room, according to the doctor who treated him, Dr. Victor Chance Young. He was barely gasping.
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