Raven Brealan, 35, was convicted for a September 2011 assault that witnesses said began on E Pike with Brealan yelling “Take this faggot shit somewhere else!” as two homosexual men talked with their two homosexual female friends near the Wildrose. “Maybe you should realize where you are and stop talking like that,” one of the men said to Brealan, according to the prosecution.
King County Prosecutors said Brealan punched the other man in the face after the scolding, giving him a bloody nose and also struck him with a “no parking” sign when he followed while dialing 911 as Brealan tried to leave the area.
According to court documents, the defense did not deny Brealan had assaulted the victim but contended that the 35-year-old did so out of anger and drunkenness — not hate — saying Brealan was “angry and intoxicated” and “offended” when the man “assumed the role of speech cop.” The defense also said Brelean was angry because, “Earlier in the evening, Brelean had an unfortunate encounter with a gay male.”
Brealan, who has a lengthy criminal record including vehicle theft, robbery and assault charges, now awaits sentencing. The maximum sentence for malicious harassment is five years.