6th teen pleads guilty in hate-crime stabbing

(AP) - The last of seven New York teenagers implicated in the hate crime killing of an Ecuadorean immigrant has pleaded guilty.

Anthony Hartford's plea Wednesday to gang assault and othercharges closes the prosecution phase of a case that attractedinternational headlines. It prompted an ongoing U.S. JusticeDepartment probe of police responses to bias crimes.

The 18-year-old admitted being with a group that targetedHispanics for violence in November 2008. Their attacks culminatedin the killing of immigrant Marcelo Lucero in Patchogue.

A week ago, 19-year-old Jeffrey Conroy was sentenced to 25 yearsin prison. He was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime.

Five others are awaiting sentencing.

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