“This is a case about hate,” Ms. Horowitz said in her closing arguments. “This is a case about self-hate.”
Mr. Robinson’s lawyer, Evan Callanan, said his client planned to appeal. He said he had argued during the trial that there was no way to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a figure who had been captured on two different video cameras leaving the party and entering Mr. Robinson’s house was, in fact, Mr. Robinson.
“You don’t see his face; you can’t see who it is,” Mr. Callanan said. “I had high hopes that the jury would have reached a different verdict but, unfortunately, they’ve spoken. We plan to appeal and we will see what comes of it.”
Mr. Robinson was sentenced on Tuesday to three life terms without parole for first-degree murder, 10 to 20 years for each count of assault with intent to murder, and two years consecutively for felony firearm, prosecutors said.
“We are pleased that justice has been served in this case,” Kym L. Worthy, the Wayne County prosecutor, said in a statement. “The defendant’s actions were disturbing on so many levels, but the fact that this happened during Pride Month adds salt into the wound. We will continue to be vigilant in our fight to eradicate hate in Wayne County and beyond.”
Mr. Robinson was prosecuted with the help of the Fair Michigan Justice Project, a nonprofit program that helps law enforcement officials investigate and prosecute serious crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
“Devon Robinson murdered three members of Detroit’s L.G.B.T.Q. community in cold blood, and wounded two others,” Fair Michigan’s president, Alanna Maguire, said. “This conviction and life-in-prison sentence sends a clear message that crimes against our community can result in maximum penalties under the law.”