Breaking News: The Leader of the Caucasian Crew, Jeff Conroy, who fatally stabbed Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero on Long Island in 2008 was sentenced on Wednesday to 25 years in prison, the maximum sentence. Conroy was convicted last month of manslaughter as a Hate Crime for the death of Marcelo. It was mentioned throughout the trial that Conroy, Leader/Member of the Caucasian Crew, went out and "Beaner Jumped" innocent Latinos on a regular basis, usually once a week.
Through the trial, Conroy maintained his innocence and also blamed another member of the crew for the crime, even though Conroy initially confessed to the murder. It wasn't until he was found guilty and faced Justice Robert Doyle before sentencing that he apologized. "I’m really sorry for what happened to Mr. Lucero,” he told the judge. “Every day I wish it never happened.”
Mr. Lucero’s sister Isabel told Conroy she wished he had been present the day she and her mother learned of Marcelo's death. “My mother and I, we hugged, we cried, because we felt at that moment that something had been ripped out of our lives,” said Ms. Lucero, who lives in Ecuador but attended the sentencing. She spoke in Spanish, her words translated through an interpreter.
Justice Doyle told Conroy that he was guilty of “senseless and brutal crimes.” Conroy was acquitted of second-degree murder as a hate crime, which could have brought him a life sentence. Mr. Conroy’s father, Robert Conroy, unleashed a profanity-laced tirade at the judge and burst out of the room. “This is mercy, for crying out loud?” Mr. Conroy shouted.
Murderer gets 25 year sentence in Long Island Killing