Another ‘white is right’ teen has bit the dust.
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"RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) – A former high school athlete who plunged a knife into the chest of an Ecuadorean immigrant during a street fight that cast a national spotlight on hate crimes against Hispanics was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime Monday but acquitted of murder.
Jeffrey Conroy, 19, was one of seven teenagers implicated in the November 2008 stabbing death of Marcelo Lucero in what prosecutors say was the culmination of an ongoing campaign of violence targeting Hispanics. The teens alluded to “beaner-hopping” or “Mexican hopping.”
Four others have pleaded guilty to hate crime-related charges; two are awaiting trial.
Conroy was the only one of the seven charged with murder and manslaughter; prosecutors said he was the one who inflicted the fatal wound in a midnight fight near the Patchogue train station. He faces eight to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 26.
The killing sent shock waves far beyond Long Island’s Suffolk County, where animosity over the influx of thousands of immigrants from Central and South America has been on the rise for nearly a decade.
Latino Justice-PRLDEF repeatedly lobbied for a federal investigation of hate crimes on Long Island following the killing. The U.S. Department of Justice announced last fall it would investigate hate crimes and the police response to such cases.