Ohio Man Sentenced to 30 Months for Trying to ’Push the Gay’ Out of Brother
A judge sentenced an Ohio man, who was in charge of taking care of his younger disabled brother, with two-and-a-half years in prison Monday after threatening to castrate and "beat the gay" out of his sibling, the Lancaster Eagle Gazette reports.
Lawrence Featheroff, 38, was sentenced to prison after threatening and beating his 26-year-old handicapped brother, claiming his attacks would turn him straight.
The victim suffers from a developmental disorder and Featheroff, who admitted to hitting and threatening his brother, was in charge of taking care of him even though he had prior convictions for domestic violence.
A concerned sibling called police earlier this year and said they were concerned he was being physically abused when they checked in on him in January. They said he had a concussion, a sprained ankle and bruises on his face.
The victim confessed to police that Featheroff, his girlfriend Jamie Smith and family friend Brent Disbennet, punched him repeatedly, starved him and made him run up and down a hill carrying a heavy railroad tie. The family said in court, however, that it wasn’t abuse but military drills, which were meant to be a form of exercise because they wanted the victim to be in shape.
Featheroff also threatened his younger brother with a knife, saying he would cut off his genitals.
"He was beating him in the face, holding a knife to his throat and holding a knife to his genitalia," Lowe testified.
Featheroff told police he was upset because the 26-year-old told him that he was attracted to other men, according to Gay Star News, who identifies the victim as Jason Meyers.