Monday, April 19, 2010

Breaking News: Jeff Conroy GUILTY of 1st Degree Manslaughter as a Hate Crime of Marcelo Lucero! Mother Forgives!

BREAKING NEWS: Jeffrey Conroy's track record of targeting "Mexicans" and his confession to police that he and his friends would sometimes go "Beaner Stomping" made it clear to jurors that the killing of Marcelo Lucero was a Hate Crime, the jurors said. Conroy, the Long Island man accused of stabbing and killing an Ecuadorean immigrant in a racially motivated attack was convicted today of Manslaughter as a hate crime, a less serious crime than the initial Murder charge — saving him from spending the rest of his life behind bars, a much shorter sentence then he inflicted on Marcelo.

Seventeen months after the stabbing in 2008 and 24 miles from the parking lot in Patchogue where police found a 370-foot trail of Marcelo's blood leading to his stabbed body, the jury forewoman rose in State Supreme Court to read the verdict, ending four days of deliberations. Conroy was found guilty of first-degree Manslaughter as a Hate Crime and Gang Assault in connection with the death of Marcelo, and guilty of attempted assaults on three other Latino men they "Beaner Stomped." Conroy was acquitted of the most serious of the 20 charges against him, second-degree murder as a Hate Crime. On the Manslaughter charge alone, Conroy faces a minimum of eight years and a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 26. As the verdict was read, the courtroom was virtually silent. When Conroy sat down, he bowed his head for a few moments, long forgetting his words to his buddies after the murder "What if I get away with it."

The Lucero family and their supporters, including a representative of the Ecuadorean government’s National Department of Migrants, expressed confidence in recent days that the prosecution had indeed proven that Mr. Conroy was guilty of murder and that justice would be served.

Though she was devastated by her son's murder and the subsequent trial, Marcelo's Christian Mother still found it in her heart to forgive her son's murderer. Speaking slowly and in Spanish, her eyes fixed, Rosario Lucero said Monday she will always carry the pain of having lost a son but she forgives those involved in his fatal stabbing.

Governor David Patterson announced the following statement: "Today, Jeffrey Conroy was found guilty of manslaughter as a hate crime for the fatal attack against Marcelo Lucero. Just hours after the news of the crime broke, it became clear that the impetus for this heinous act was nothing less than prejudice, revealing an anti-immigrant sentiment that threatens not only those who speak another language or look differently, but all New Yorkers. Today's verdict makes clear that New York has no tolerance for such intolerance; acts committed in the name of hatred will be fully prosecuted. However, our battle against bigotry continues. We must continue our work to fight discrimination - whether motivated by race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. I remain committed to working with my partners in government and law enforcement officials to ensure swift and certain justice."

While the jury rightly found Conroy guilty of a serious crime, I am awaiting the sentencing. This was a particularly heinous crime, one initiated by the Caucasian Crew seeking Latinos in a Latino neighborhood to "Beaner Stomp." Conroy should have been found guilty of the murder he confessed to committing. This was a serious Hate Crime, perpetrated by HATE and RACISM. The sentence will provide all observers with an example of what sentence they will receive if they even consider committing another Hate Crime of this nature. The Sentence should deter future such events from happening again.


Dee said...

The jurors who convicted Jeffrey Conroy of killing Marcelo Lucero did not believe his claim that one of the other attackers had stabbed Lucero. Conroy testfied that his previous admissions and written confession to having stabbed Lucero were part of a 17 month long effort by him to protect defendant Chris Overton, a person Conroy had only first met on the day of the killing. Juror Michael Engel said that “we didn’t buy that one bit,” The decision by the defense to put Conroy on the stand badly misfired. “We didn’t buy anything he said.”, Engel told reporters.

Anonymous said...

And you said "there is no justice for Latinos, blah, blah, blah" with your usual rants and raves.

No, being found guilty and being sentenced will not stop future hate crimes either. Has justice being served in other murder type cases, rapes or other serious crimes stopped those crimes from ever happening again? No, not since the beginning of time and it never will. There will always be sick individuals among us. All we can do is make sure those individuals are put away.

arturo fernandez said...

Now in Arizona, the racists are smiling. Illegal immigrants will not go to the police when these racists want to have their fun "mexican hopping".

Anonymous said...

this bastard got away easy. who goes "beaner hoping every week" this is deffintlly a hate crime. no one desirves to die when marcelo was just a hard working person. everyone in that crew shouldve done more time. this society isent fair and equal at all.

ultima said...

An unfortunate compromise with justice. But technically I can see how this would be considered manslaughter under the law. At least it wasn't a not guilty result.

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