Onslow man avoids jail time over incident with gay couple

Brandon Ray Davis (Onslow County Sheriff's Office photo)

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - An Onslow County man avoided a conviction but was given probation and court-ordered sanctions as a result of an incident involving two gay men in Florida.

Brandon Davis, 31, pleaded to third degree felony battery evidencing prejudice in a hearing in Monroe County, Florida last Wednesday, according to the Jacksonville Daily News. He was given four years probation, which can be served back in Onslow County, and was ordered not to return to Monroe County except for court purposes, as well as to have no continued contact with the victims in the case.

Additionally, Davis was ordered to complete an anger management course, obtain substance abuse and psychological evaluations and follow treatment. He was ordered to perform eight hours of community service monthly, with a minimum of two hours of that required to be in the LGBTQ community.

The charge stems from a Feb. 23 incident in which Davis was allegedly riding a rental scooter in a dangerous manner. Kevin Seymour, 38, and Kevin Price, 49, were riding bicycles down Duval Street in Key West, Florida, just before 1 a.m., and noticed Davis almost hit a car, according to police reports obtained by the Daily News.

Davis then is said to have followed the couple closely, slowing down and speeding back up and making gay slurs toward the couple, which he would later admit to in court, according to Keynoter reporter Gwen Filosa. Davis also admitted to threatening the couple and knocking one of the men off his bike when he rammed his scooter into him.

The couple, according to the police report, was followed by Davis for five blocks, who, in addition to yelling slurs and threats at the pair, told them "You're in Trump country now!"

Davis' lawyer, Brian Bieber, told the Daily News his client apologized in court for his "alcohol-infused inappropriate conduct."