Teen Gets 25 Years In Hate Crime Stabbing

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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- A New York teenager has been sentenced to25 years in prison in the hate crime killing of an Ecuadoreanimmigrant.

Nineteen-year-old Jeffrey Conroy got the maximum sentenceWednesday. The Suffolk County Court judge who sentenced him says"the proof was overwhelming."

Conroy was convicted last month of manslaughter as a hate crimeand other counts in the November 2008 stabbing death of MarceloLucero (mar-SEHL'-oh loo-SEHR'-oh) on Long Island.

Conroy was one of seven teenagers implicated in the killing butthe only one to go 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 theattack.

The killing put a spotlight on troubled race relations on LongIsland.

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