Men sentenced to 9 years in immigrant's beating death
Luis Ramirez was on life support for three days after a street brawl in July 2009.
February 23rd, 2011
01:36 PM ET

Men sentenced to 9 years in immigrant's beating death

Two Pennsylvania men convicted of a hate crime in the beating death of an undocumented Mexican immigrant were each sentenced Wednesday to nine years behind bars, the U.S. District Court said.

Derrick Donchak, of Shenandoah, and Brandon Piekarsky, of Shenandoah Heights, were found guilty in October of several federal charges, including hate crimes and depriving Luis Ramirez of his civil rights.

The two were acquitted of murder charges in state court and convicted of
simple assault.

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    how does luis have civil rights if he is here illegally?

    February 23, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      He has civil rights because he is a human being. You moron!!

      February 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      He doesn't. He should be deported.

      February 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |

      can he be deported after he has departed? is there any red-tape for deporting departed illegals?

      also if there is a preist will he say... dearly gathered here we are he to say good by to the dearly departed who will be deported...

      February 23, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |

      Sorry folks,neither of the above posts were mine. Somebody's trying to make me look like a right-wing nutjob again! Of course this Luiz has as many rights as anybody else!

      February 23, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tang

    Donchak and Piekarsky not only did THIS Crime, but they also are taking money out of OUR pockets for this guys hospital stay. You don't think Mr Ramirez is paying for his treatment do you? If it was a LEGAL immigrant, or a citizen, thos hospital bills would be stacking up. I would LOVE it if Donchak and Piekarsky were court ordered to pay for the medical bills for this crime as well! Otherwise... it's coming out of our pockets...:( Bigoted Morons.

    February 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |

      we dont have to pay for his coffin also do we? i think the tax payers are strapped enuff... maybe we can donate his body to the zoo and feed the lions..

      February 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |

      I agree with you,Tang. Just ignore the stupid post above which is not mine!

      February 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |

      i wish fakenutt that you win an all expense paid cruise to samolia..

      February 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Tonutt or not Tonutt

      February 23, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    No,luis isnt paying anything because he DIED from his injuries .

    February 23, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    Ick RUFFNUTT!! That was grody! you and Tang make a good point tho: Who DOES pay when these things happen ? With them in jail I know it aint gonna be THEM .

    February 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |

      it's a sad situation all around for the american tax payer..

      February 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    Another SobStory to encourage the illegal invasion continues. You think they'd ever show an American beaten by illegals like that? Get real. This media cherrypicks and it's sickening.

    February 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. anonymous

    A murder and only nine years for that! What a travesty of justice! What if it was a white man's murder? When will our court system realize that a human is a human, no matter what?

    February 23, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |

      If the victim was a white,blue-blooded American and his assaillants were hispanic,those guys would most probably be on death row by now! American justice is not "color-blind".

      February 23, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |

      @fakenutt it's cause of the exchange rate.. 1 us $ = 100 pesos

      9years = 900years if the situation was reversed..

      February 23, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • SRMOO

      I know that people expected more for what they did. But you have to understand that the crime they were charged with. This hate crime was not a murder charge. The reality ( doesn't make it right ) is they were charged with a hate crime under the Fair Housing act. Witch basically says they violated his rigth to live where he wants. I don't think a life sentence could have been issued. That was a media thing. They thought it. you have to read the fine print just like anything else.

      February 24, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    Hi, raven, RUFFNUTT!

    The illegal in question cannot be deported; he is deceased.

    A hate crime is a hate crime whether the victim is here legally or not. And there have been plenty of white men who have died because of hate; they just don't charge it as a "hate crime", per se. So please, stop with the race card rhetoric; it benefits nobody.

    February 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |

      I don't care what race he is.. or from where.. point is he is here illegally.. it's a slap in the face to all legal immagrants that take years and years to get citizenship.. sucks that were broke...

      February 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Well maybe less illegals will come over here when they hear this story.

      February 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank

    What? A beating that resulted in death of a fellow human being, and only get nine years in prison? What are we doing here...rewarding these creeps?

    February 23, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |

      I'm sorry Jeff,but it does appear that way,sadly enough.

      February 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy


    February 23, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Zeta

    Listen, if you are going to use other people's usernames for your own enjoyment, you might want to do a little research on that poster's style first. Ruffie is a jokester. He always has been, in all the time he's been posting here. Same with Cesar. If you truly want to hijack someone's name, find a person who's style is easier to imitate. Longtime posters know who the real Ruffie and Cesar are. *Facepalm* All you are doing is taking away any credibility that you may have, and any valid points you may make. And you *have* made a few. So stop the nonsense, and quit. Just use your own username...Although Cesar may be a somewhat common name, RUFFNUTT certainly is not.
    Having said all that, I'm sure someone will hijack *my* name. Have at it.

    February 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |

      i still think i should get a movie check... they ripped my name off on 'how to tame your dragon'..

      i've had this name since 94-95 or so.. it was my lvl 13 fighter in dungeons and dragons.. till the dm took my sheet and told me i had to make a new charitor.. all cause of an elf named "stewart raymond weaver" that lives in his parents basement..

      that's right stewart.. i posted you full name online!!! now that everyone knows your full name they can cast spells on you and you will be defenseless...

      no-one knew stewarts middle name not even his girl friend of 3 years.. i even broke into the employyee file cabintant and looked at his w-2's and his middle name wasnt on it..

      that's right stewart.. we all know your name now and even tho you think your and elf because you have 6 toes on each foot, the secret is out..

      not even your staff sea-dreamer can save you...

      he also has a knife with no name.. it's called nameless-one.. which i argued with him for 2 hours that is a name cause if i said
      hey stew... let me see name-less one you would know what im talking about..right?

      you can find stewart "RAYMOND" weaver at the rennisance fair in the fall.. when you see a big redhaired 6'3" man in his 40's wearing a long cloak and has long braided red hair that's him... just say to him.. stewart "raymond" weaver.. the watcher sent me and i have total power over you now..

      i never did tell him how i got his middle name... and he has never forgiven me.. but i also hate elves..elves think they are superior to man just cause they live longer and can craft better weapons and chain mail..

      mostly he is mad because i sold his magic user when he ws passed out from an ogre attack into indentured service and didnt tell him about it.. and because of game rules since he was passed out at the time he couldn't say anything to me about was awesome.. i saved the party and his stupid elf only had to serve 10 years service to a greater demon..

      February 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |

      I assure you,Zeta that I'm not the right-wing nutjob that somebody's trying to make look like. I believe in civil rights rights for everybody and that the creeps who attacked Luiz Ramirez should have gotten stiffer sentences.

      February 24, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jack Be Nimble

    That white dude is lucky it didnt happen in california a.k.a home to 75 zillion mexicans or he would have gotten life

    February 24, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |

      That there is the tragedy of the situation. The dude should've gotten life anywhere,but the judge was biased in his favor.

      February 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brutus

    Nine years for a public service? Indeed.

    February 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 4th down

    Ruffnut is really a cop everybody!

    February 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tede

    Give these guys a reward for saving taxpayers a lifetime of supporting another leach on america

    February 24, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Aww sh~t

    That is a damn good question how does an illegl have rights let an american get locked up in mexico and see wont his a~~ be grass

    February 25, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
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