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48-year-old Man to spend the next 40 years behind bars for Pouring Hot Water on Gay Couple



Martin Blackwell

Martin Blackwell

A Georgia man, Martin Blackwell, 48, has been found guilty of eight counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault.

The victims, Marquez Tolbert, 21, and Anthony Gooden, 24, the son of Blackwell’s girlfriend, were left with severe burns that required surgery.

The jury at the Fulton County Superior Court deliberated for about 90 minutes, and sentenced Blackwell to 40 years behind bars.

Blackwell, a truck driver, committed the crime on February 12 at his girlfriend’s house in College Park where he stays when he was in town.

Tolbert and Gooden were sleeping at the apartment after working an overnight shift at a warehouse when Blackwell boiled a pot of water and poured it over the men as they slept in the living room.

“They were stuck together like two hot dogs … so I poured a little hot water on them and help them out,” Blackwell said to police, according to the Washington Post. “They’ll be alright. It was just a little hot water”.

According to Blackwell’s lawyer, he did it because he felt their behavior was disrespectful and that he often made inappropriate comments to members of the household – asking about their sex lives or using derogatory names.

Prosecutors said it was a vicious, premeditated attack. Tolbert testified that after pouring hot water on them, Blackwell grabbed him as he jumped and screamed in pain and told him: “Get out of my house with all that gay.”

“We’re not going back to when you get to treat people differently because of who they are,” prosecutor Fani Willis said.

The judge, Henry Newkirk noted that it “takes a long time” for a pot of water to boil. “You were soulless, malicious and a violent person on February 12,” he said to Blackwell. “You had so many outs, you had so many outs where the voice of reason could’ve taken over,” he said before handing over the 40-year sentence.

Following the incident, Tolbert must now wear compression garments 23 hours a day for the next two years. Gooden, who had 60% of his body burned, was in a medically induced coma for several weeks. He had to undergo skin graft surgery to repair damage to his face, neck, back, arms, chest and head.

Photo Credit: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office


  1. marlvina

    August 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    And how bout the policemen who killed the 2 unarmed BLACK men?? What’s their charge so far? Sighs! Racist nation!!!

    • Ewa

      August 26, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Wow!!!! What has this incident got to do with that? So pouring hot water on a human being is right abi? Na wa o

    • marlvina

      August 26, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Get the point first before you comment. My comment isn’t directed exactly at the hot water case. My view is in regards to the judicial system of the country. There are way more serious cases that shld have required stern convictions but theses judges just let them slide. Cases of rape, deaths etc….If you follow most of these cases, you will understand better.

    • ATL's finest

      August 26, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      @ Ewa, he/she was trying to say these cops go in punish but here’s a man getting all these years behind bars for his act. Hope I’m able to explain to u better 🙂

    • memebaby

      August 26, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      it has ALOT to do with it.. yes this man committed a crime BUT how about the other white guys who committed same degree of crimes or even worse ? do you see them being caged for even a decade ? I don’t think so

  2. Bodunade

    August 26, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    BN, Where is Toby Nwazor? 🙁

  3. Blessedheart

    August 26, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    That was a barbaric act. Is the normal sentence for aggravated assault 40 years though?

    • Weezy

      August 26, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Judges tend to consider different things in sentencing. I’m sure that his glee at the violent act contributed to the high sentence.

    • slice

      August 26, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      Following the incident, Tolbert must now wear compression garments 23 hours a day for the next two years. Gooden, who had 60% of his body burned, was in a medically induced coma for several weeks. He had to undergo skin graft surgery to repair damage to his face, neck, back, arms, chest and head.

  4. FinchleysFinest

    August 26, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    …..when Blackwell boiled a pot of water and poured it over the men as they slept in the living room.

    Trouble dey sleep…yanga dey wake am… wetin you dey find…..Palava you dey find…Palava you don getii oooooh .

    You exchanged …you going to work.. with all your freedom with waking 2 gay boys sleeping jeje o.. They didnt come and rape you o… What is wrong with minding your business???

  5. Someonecute

    August 26, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    The judicial system is so weird. This guy should have just killed them then..(being sarcastic here). 48yrs plus 40 is what? 88 years old. How many years for rape, murder, pedophiles? Would the judgment be different if they weren’t gay? Just saying…

  6. wale

    August 26, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    What send a man to 40 years in jail? America system is f-ed, u promote and protect what is wrong, what have happened to the senses of American people? You were no like this in the 50s, 60s, 70s? Where did you loose it? The founding father of america knew gay people existed, but they did not build america with gay in it, the freedom they mentioned did not include supporting wrong acts.etc: illuminati, gay,drugs, prostitution…an sure your founding father will be ashamed and not happy wit the modern day america

  7. Prince

    August 26, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    He should just be killed.
    He’s evil. When he’s inside phucking the boy’s mum, do they disturb him, they were not even having sex. These dudes were just holding each other and sleeping. Chai, that man should be killed.

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