April 19th, 2010
11:40 AM ET

Man guilty of hate crime in immigrant's beating death

A jury on Long Island has found Jeffrey Conroy guilty of manslaughter as a hate crime in the 2008 killing of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero.

Conroy was found not guilty of murder as a hate crime, the most serious charge he faced. He was found guilty of assaults on three additional Latino men on Long Island.

Marcelo Lucero, 37, was walking to a friend's apartment in Patchogue, New York, when he was attacked late on November 8, police said. Officers found that he had been stabbed in the chest, and he died of his injuries.

Conroy and six other youths were trying "to find Latinos and to assault them," Suffolk County Police Detective Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick said at the time.

- CNN's Brian Vitagliano contributed to this report.

Filed under: Justice
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Norm

    This is premeditated murder. What's wrong with our courts?
    Are they racially biased even during an obviously cold, calculated murder?

    April 19, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Caroline

    How is this not murder?

    April 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. minyetta2

    This is sick. How could this NOT be hate-crime? They admitted to hunting for Latinos in order to harm them for no other reason than them being Latino. Manslaughter my butt.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. noreligion

    The victim was walking to a friends house. The Police said Conroy was looking for latinos to assault them. Conroy stabbed the victim in the chest unprovoked.. And this is manslaughter??
    THis is MURDER!, MURDER based on racial hate.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Virginia J. Ciccotto (Long Island)

    Obviously "MURDER" and not the lesser charge of "MANS-LAUGHTER" would have been the correct charge. Jeffrey Conroy and his buddies went out searching for innocent Latinos to assault, and in this case MURDER. It was premeditated!

    You don't use a knife or another weapon on someone and expect it to be "not-so-bad" of an injury. I'm sure that the Lucero family is happy with the verdict of "Guilty," but not with the charge. It is sending a wrong message to our communities.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    I served on two juries and there is nothing more frightening than the common American juror (who also has the vote). What about going out with the intent to kill Latinos didn't get through. Manslaughter? Dismal commentary on our average citizen.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      John – what about the part of the story that they went out looking to assault Latinos....not murder them did you not grasp? Its a disgusting act, and should have been convicted as he was of a hate crime. But the simple fact of the matter is that for murder to stand there has to be premeditation to actually kill, not beat up or intimidate as was the description of this case.

      June 5, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Miguel

    Manslaughter is a legal term for the killing of a human being, in a manner considered by law as less culpable than murder.
    Less culpable than murder? and then what was this? American Justice is not so Justice some times.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nunuv Yerbiznezz

    With any luck, he'll get put in a cell block with a bunch of Lato inmates who will know who he is and what he did.

    June 11, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. michael

    This is truly an indignation, this hearkens back to the 1950's in the deep South. Wow, this verdict is so prejudicial and wrong.

    October 6, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |