Conroy gets 25 years in hate crime stabbing

A Patchogue teen was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison in the 2008 hate crime stabbing of an Ecuadorian immigrant.



Nineteen-year-old Jeffrey Conroy was sentenced to two concurrent 25-year terms, one for each manslaughter and gang assault charge. It was the maximum sentence.



Conroy was convicted last month of manslaughter and other crimes in the November 2008 stabbing death of Marcelo Lucero on Long Island.



Conroy made a statement in court saying, "I'm really sorry for what happened to Mr. Lucero. Every day I wish it never happened. The whole situation really upsets me. I feel really bad for what his whole family is going through right now."



The teen was one of seven implicated in the killing, but the only one who has gone to trial.



After the sentence was imposed, Conroy's father, Robert Conroy, shouted an expletive, saying his son was only 17 at the time of the attack.



AP contributed to this report.



 


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