This is beyond disturbing. Dwan Prince, a 31 year old gay HIV-positive man who was brutally attacked in 2005 in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn after flirting with his attacker Steven Pomie, 26, four years later has a change of heart and now blames himself for the assault that left him partially paralyzed and hopes Pomie's 25 year sentence gets reduced in the process.
Gay City News reports:
"First please allow me to deeply apology for my hated comment,” Prince wrote in the July 20 letter, which Gay City News is quoting verbatim. “Please I do hope you know I am truly deeply sorry for what ever was sayed that night. I have made some big mistakes in my life and that was the stupidiest and biggest one of all.”
Pomie first beat and kicked Prince with two other men, and then made a second assault with another man, witnesses said during Pomie’s 2006 trial. When Pomie returned alone to deliver a third beating, witnesses prevented him from attacking Prince, who was lying unconscious on the sidewalk.
One witness testified that as Pomie walked away from the scene, he quickly turned back and “kicked [Prince] with his Tims,” referring to the Timberland brand of boots. “Then blood started gushing,” the witness said.
A second witness testified that Pomie said, “Yo, leave it alone son, the nigger’s gay,” when asked why he had beaten Prince. The prosecutor in the case asked if Pomie had used the word “gay,” and the witness responded, “He said, ‘He’s a faggot.’”
According to Gay City News Prince is unable to remember much of what occurred on the night he was attacked. In the letter Prince writes, "“What I asked the state to do is sentence you to five years and five years parole.” He also expressed the hope that they could be friends.
“Steve you changed me!” Prince wrote. “So hopefully when you get out we can hang out. You know me. I know you. I help you calm that angry machine down. And allow you to know I am not gay but a lover, and you can find me a female I can love and can love me.”
Prince has been attending a Bible study class at the Riverside Church, a liberal congregation, but he said he has not discussed his changed sexual orientation there.
“I am looking to change my life these days,” says Prince. “I am looking for a female who I can marry and have my sperm washed and have children... With me going to church, I feel myself that I must try to live by the Bible, I must try to live by God’s law.”