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.