May 26th, 2010
03:09 AM ET

Sentencing awaits man convicted of hate crime

A man convicted in connection with the fatal stabbing of an Ecuadorian immigrant will be sentenced in a New York courtroom Wednesday, according to court documents.

Jeffrey Conroy was convicted in April of manslaughter as a hate crime in the death of an immigrant from Ecuador.

Conroy was accused of having a hand in the death of Marcelo Lucero, a 37-year-old native of Ecuador who was fatally stabbed in the chest on November 8, 2008, in Patchogue, New York.

Conroy was also found guilty of gang assault and conspiracy as well as of assaulting three other Latino men on Long Island.

Manslaughter in the first degree carries a sentence of eight years to 25 years.

He was found not guilty of murder as a hate crime, the most serious charge he faced.

Prosecutors say Conroy and six friends in 2008 targeted Latinos for assaults - part of a sport they called "beaner-hopping."

Several of the seven defendants pleaded guilty to various charges.

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    This one will likely get off way too lightly, as well.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ice

    They all need to get the electric chair! Racist pigs!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. nookly23

    If they kill each other, the country would be a safer place.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. mackino

    True – perps are racist trash, fry'm. However they need to apply same standard to immigrants. When illegal or legal immigrant gangs attack citizens – charge them with hate crime ! good for the goose, good for the gander

    May 26, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. rtp212

    Guy should be getting a medal not jail time.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      a medal? for WHAT? this immigrant was not attacking him, he wasn't a terrorist, he wasn't doing anything wrong except not being a WHITE MAN! he was probably here to help provide a better life for his family, you friggin arrogant cod.

      May 26, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1RE1

      He'll serve little jail time because he's white. I don't know if he'll get a medal, but he will surely get a piece of metal to his gut if they don't separate his cowardly a** from gen pop.

      May 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • maddog

      no immagrants should be allowed in the county, they are taking all our jobs i applaud this man

      May 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jordan

    maddog, that's so ignorant maybe YOU should be deported

    May 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yallrstupid

    every white person is an immigrant, and stupid.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • rtp212

      So if whites are stupid what does that make everyone else?

      Whites only subjugated every single other ethnic race into being our servants at some time or another, and most of the time we did it to them in their own countries and when said countries like those found in all of Africa, most parts of Asia, India even the middle east they were more stable and prosperous when whites were the ones running them instead of the native population.

      Can't argue with history.

      May 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jayphil

      I'm not an immigrant, I was born here. Why stop at calling whites stupid? Why not call us all racists whle you're at it.

      June 14, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rena

    I don't want people from other countries here either. Pretty soon Americans will no longer own anything in America. However, muder is not the answer. These people commited a hate crime for which they plead guilty to, and yet are not getting the punishment they diserve. Manslaughter instead of murder – that's messed up.
    But if we stopp being so nice and letting other countries in here to work – 911 might not have happened. And what about all the ones coming here for an education for free! There are millions of American citizens who can not afford to go to college – where is the free-bee for them! I could say alot more but what's the point, no one listens.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff in Patchogue

    Jeffery Convey should be required to hang with the general prison population Upstate with his swastika and white power tattoos – i'm sure he will be able to excel in his chosen sport "bean jumping" HA HA HA. Justice will be done!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tracy

    Why does it always have to be the "white" peoples fault? Geez just because a person is American doesn't mean their skin is white! I don't care what color you are, if your an American you belong here and if your not you need to go home!

    May 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |