ADL Welcomes Guilty Verdict In Long Island Hate Crime Case

New York, NY, April 19, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today applauded the guilty verdict in the case of an Ecuadorean immigrant murdered on Long Island.

The defendant, Jeffrey Conroy, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime in connection with the November 2008 stabbing death of Marcello Lucero in Patchogue, NY.

Ron Meier, ADL New York Regional Director, issued the following statement:  

The jury's guilty verdict sends a strong message to the community that violence against immigrants and those perceived to be immigrants is unacceptable and will be severely punished.

The tragic murder of Marcello Lucero was a clear hate crime, and we commend the jury for recognizing the role that hatred played in the attack. The defendant was part of a group that explicitly sought out Hispanics for violence.

We applaud the prosecutors for pursuing hate crime charges in this case.

ADL previously testified before both the Suffolk County Legislature and Suffolk County Hate Crimes Task Force regarding the Lucero murder and the growing atmosphere of bigotry and violence against those perceived to be immigrants.

Jeffrey Conroy was sentenced to 25 years in prison, the maximum sentence for first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime.

September 1, 2010

Kevin Shea, a Long Island man who admitted punching Marcelo Lucero in the face before the Ecuadorean immigrant was fatally stabbed, was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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