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WASHINGTON -- High-profile attorney Gloria Allred is pushing for a federal hate crime investigation in the murder of Brian Betts.
Betts was a beloved principal at Shaw Middle School in the District of Columbia. He was murdered inside his Silver Spring, Md., home in April.
Alante Saunders, 19, plead guilty last month to killing Betts after meeting him on a gay chat website. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison, with the possibility for parole after 20.
“If he was targeted because he was on that chat line, then we believe it would fall under the Matthew Shepard Hate Crime Law,” said Allred after she and Rene Sandler, who represents the Betts family, met with members of the U.S. Justice Department.
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