Man Pleads Guilty To Hate Crime Beating In Elk Grove

ELK GROVE (CBS13) – A local man has pleaded guilty to a hate crime beating outside an Elk Grove bowling alley earlier this year.

Thirty-year-old Joel Olivarez attacked Seth Parker in the parking lot of Strikes Bowling alley on June 5, 2011 after yelling gay slurs at him. He now faces 4-6 years in prison.

Parker suffered multiple fractures around his eye and nerve damage.

“Hopefully, this investigation and arrest will serve as a message to those who not only would commit a criminal act but would do so motivated by hate or bias,” said Elk Grove Police Chief Robert M. Lehner.

  • Zero Tollerance

    Hope he gets the full 6 years.

    That guy needs to learn a big lesson in life.

  • gna

    I don’t understand a hate crime. . . .a vicious beating of anyone for anything is always from a root cause of hate . . . . .I guess it was just a way to add more time to a crime, I am not complaining about that, you cant convince me somebody beats or kills because of a feeling of love . . . .

  • nothingchanges

    WOW !!! This is amazing ! In the liberal viewpoint only European American’s could be charged for things like this ! AWESOME !!!

    • nothingchanges

      things can change :)

  • gna

    Apparently he hates prison too.

  • jr

    :) (:


    gna…I can see your point. The laws keep getting more and more complicated because legislators need something to do. We have a law covering every crime, and we don’t have the power to make the legislature a part time job. But “hate crime” might not be the right title. “Cowardly”, maybe. As a society, we want you to take your assault seriously, not just beat up someone for the fun of it…or for your entertainment. That’s what this is about. I can understand an “enhancement” if the victim is outnumbered, which is always the case. These punks are too cowardly to fight someone one-on-one, so they rat-pack their victims. Gangs are notorious for this. Then they high five each other and rejoice in their “bravery”. Right after the cowardly little vermin went to great lengths to make SURE there was no chance of them getting hurt. “Macho” means, “we don’t want no boo boos”.

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