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Anti-Hispanic Killing In NY Brings 3 Teens 7-Yr Prison Terms

Three teens received seven-year prison sentences on Wednesday for the 2008 stabbing death of an Ecuadorian man in a New York City suburb on Long Island.

Three teens had earlier pleaded guilty for their actions leading to the death of Marcelo Lucero.

The teenagers were part of the group of young men who targeted Lucero because he was Hispanic. The deadly attack on Lucero was part of a series of attack the group the teens were part of had directed toward Hispanics.

As the Associated Press reports:

Anthony Hartford, Jordan Dasch and Jose Pacheco, all 19, had each pleaded guilty to gang assault, conspiracy and attempted assault as a hate crime, admitting they had participated in an ongoing campaign of attacks on Hispanics, culminating in the Nov. 8, 2008, stabbing death of Marcelo Lucero.

A fourth teen, Christopher Overton, pleaded guilty to the same charges but received a maximum of six years.

State Supreme Court Justice Robert Doyle did not explain his reason for Overton's lighter sentence, though Overton did not participate in earlier attacks.

In May, 19-year-old Jeffrey Conroy was sentenced to 25 years in prison following his conviction on manslaughter as a hate crime. Prosecutors said he was the one who inflicted the fatal stab wound that killed Lucero.Two other teens who pleaded guilty face sentencing later.

As NPR's Ari Shapiro reported last year, the Lucero killing and the earlier attacks against Hispanics raised questions about how diligent police departments on Long Island were in investigating attacks on Hispanics.

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