Conroy convicted of manslaughter as hate crime

? A jury convicted Jeffrey Conroy of first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime yesterday in the death of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero.

Prosecutors say the 19-year-old fatally stabbed Lucero in November of 2008. He faces a maximum of 25 years in prison for the manslaughter conviction and will be sentenced May 26.

Lucero?s family was not in court for the reading of the verdict, but held a news conference after. Lucero?s brother Joselo says he is satisfied with the verdict and is pleased with the performance of the district attorney.

District Attorney Thomas Spota called the verdict fair, but defense attorney William Keahon said he would appeal the conviction.

Conroy?s family members cried as they walked out of court.

AP wires contributed to this report.

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