Suffolk lawmakers OK Marcelo Lucero Law

Suffolk lawmakers unanimously approved the Marcelo Lucero Law today, expanding fines for defendants charged with hate crimes.

Lucero was stabbed to death in 2008 in Patchogue. Medford teen Jeffrey Conroy was convicted last week of manslaughter as a hate crime for his death.

Prosecutors say Conroy and his friends targeted Lucero because he was Hispanic.

The new law allows defendants to be hit with civil fines and penalties. Until now, only hate crimes involving vandalism and threats were subject to those fines.

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