Two Men Found Guilty Of Beating Illegal Immigrant to Death
October 15, 2010
Pennsylvania (ChattahBox Crime News) – Two men have been found guilty of a number of crimes, including assault and hate crimes, after they beat an undocumented Mexican immigrant to death in July, 2008.
Derrick M. Donchak (20) and Brandon J. Piekarsky (18) had been acquitted of murder previously, in a trial that has stirred controversy and anger throughout the world. But they were then charges with hate crimes, violating civil rights, assault and attempting to cover up the murder of Luis Ramirez.
“Four people attacked one person because of his race and because they didn’t want people like him living in their town,” prosecutor Myesha K. Braden was quoted as saying by CNN, in the closing statement of one of the most emotionally charged trials in recent years.
She also said that a plan was created to cover up the murder, to make it seem as though it were not a racially motivated act of hate which had come after a number of encounters with the victim.
They hatched a plan to leave out the kick, to leave out the race and even to leave out the drinking,” she said.
What made this case even more shocking was the charges against Shenandoah police officer Jason Hayes, Police Chief Matthew R. Nestor and Lieutenant William Moyer. All three are accused of helping to obstruct justice in the case.
There was also the matter of the original sentences, which saw the two convicted killers seeing only months behind bars before being paroled. A federal court stepped in and the two were charged with assault and hate crimes. They now face life in prison.