LIers still divided after Conroy verdict
Long Island residents remain divided after Jeffrey Conroy was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime yesterday in the death of Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant.
The case, which cast a national spotlight on bias crimes against Hispanics, split residents across the Island and in Patchogue, where the 2008 attack occurred.
Some residents, such as Anthony Kress, of Medford, say Conroy got off easy and should have been convicted of murder as a hate crime. Others, such as Kerri O'Brien, of East Patchogue, say the jury came to a decision too quickly and should have considered the other individuals charged.
Some students at Patchogue-Medford High School, where Conroy was a student, say discrimination against minorities is still an issue.
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