Ohio man sentenced to 2 ½ years for trying to beat the gay out of disabled brother

A man who was responsible for caring for his younger disabled brother has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after threatening to castrate him and trying to work and beat the gay out of him

Ohio man sentenced to 2 ½ years for trying to beat the gay out of disabled brother
15 April 2014

Ohio man Lawrence Featheroff has been sentenced to 30 months in prison over the beating and threatening of his younger disabled brother in an effort to turn him straight.

Featheroff, 38, had been entrusted with looking after his 26-year-old brother Jason Meyers who suffers from a developmental disorder after he had been abused in a group home despite having prior convictions for domestic violence.

Police were contacted by a concerned sibling who was worried Meyers was being physically assaulted and when they arrived to check in on him on 15 January they found him suffering a concussion and a sprained ankle with bruises all over his face.

Meyers later told police that Featheroff, his girlfriend Jamie Smith and a family friend, Brent Disbennet, had punched him repeatedly, allowed him to eat only once a day and made him run up and down a hill while carrying a heavy railroad tie.

Featheroff also threatened his brother with a butchers knife, telling him that he would cut off his genitals if he was gay.

Featheroff told police that he had become angry after his brother confided to him that he was attracted to other males.

Detective Brian Lowe told Fairfield County Common Pleas Court that Featheroff had told him he had ‘wanted to toughen him up to push the gay out of him and make him a normal person.’

Meyers and Featheroff are two of eight siblings by different fathers that were removed from their mother’s home due to abuse or neglect but the siblings have reunited as adults to form a family.

Meyers is now living in adult foster care.

Smith and Disbennet have both pleaded not guilty to the charges against them and their cases are still pending.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Gay banker and West End star in £1.4million divorce

Gay couple’s legal battle illustrate that gay splits are treated the same by the UK courts
No thumbnail available

Book your place in the sun for EuroPride Marseille

There’s still time to join in the celebrations for EuroPride – this year in Marseille, where sun, sand, sea, history, culture, clubbing and cuisine will all be stars
No thumbnail available

Jail terms for trans killers will double

UK Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has announced minimum prison sentences for murderers who kill transgender people will double.
No thumbnail available

Australian states revolt on marriage equality

The state South Australia looks set to become the second Australian state to legalize same-sex marriage while the territory that houses the Australian capital will restore official ceremonies to its civil unions scheme
No thumbnail available

James Franco posts gay-themed pics on Instagram - including him kissing a guy

Images come a week after actor said 'I wish I was gay'
No thumbnail available

Lesbian actress Miriam Margolyes becomes Aussie citizen

In her citizenship ceremony, the acclaimed British actress blasted England for its class distinction and 'lack of energy'
No thumbnail available

Lucky Charms reveals gay rights campaign for Pride

Fans are using the hashtag, #LuckyToBe, to express who they are and why that identity makes them lucky
No thumbnail available

The gay man taking Jamaican TV to the Supreme Court

What the Jamaican TV court challenge from 27 to 31 May is really about by the man behind it