SEATTLE (AP) — A 34-year-old Bremerton man has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison after admitting he attacked three gay men in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with a knife.

Troy Deacon Burns pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime in August. The attack occurred last January when Burns came up behind the men and shouted homophobic slurs. He was holding a knife and raised it over his head in a stabbing position.

The men began running, but Burns caught up to one and tried to stab him. Another man pulled the friend away and Burns was arrested.

Burns said at his plea hearing that he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and didn’t remember what happened.

Judge James L. Robart sentenced Burns on Monday.

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