Ohio Man Charged After Threatening To “Kill All The Gays” At His Local Gym

The man repeatedly threatened to "shoot up" the fitness center if it didn't kick out all gay members.

A man from Columbus, Ohio was just convicted of a hate crime after threatening to “shoot up” his gym if it didn’t remove all of its gay members, and then attempting to attack a guy there who he assumed to be gay.

Back in August, 41-year-old Michael D. Smith had to be restrained by two other gym members at Cal Fit after charging at 22-year-old Michael Harris.

A witness testified that Smith began a rant about not being able to go into the locker room “because all the fags are in there,” and that “he wished he could kill all the gays” before he jumped off his treadmill and charged toward Harris.

This incident came after two other reports of Smith entering the gym in August, threatening to “shoot up” the place if the gym didn’t get rid of its gay members.

When the gym manager sent Smith an email that informed him his membership had been terminated, the homophobe wrote back with two separate emails filled with cursing and gay slurs.

This is ultimately what informed police of the incident and got Smith arrested, and he was eventually convicted of ethnic intimidation, aggravated menacing and disorderly conduct.

Ethnic intimidation is a rare charge used for cases involving assault based on a victim’s age, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Smith’s attorney tried to argue that Smith had been hit on by gay gym members and was stared at in the showers, but they failed to provide any evidence.

Smith is now in custody and faces up to a year in jail at his sentencing next week.

h/t: Towleroad

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