Verdict in Hate Crime Death of Marcelo Lucero, Guilty but not of Murder

Jeffrey Conroy, the accused killer of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero has been found guilty, but not of murder. The young man who made it a sport to go “beaner jumping” has been found guilty of manslaughter as a hate crime and gang assault. Conroy was acquitted of the more serious charge of murder in the second degree as a hate crime, a charge that could have sent hm away for life. Under the charges that Conroy was convicted of, he faces a minimum of eight years and a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 26.

I have many more thoughts on this verdict and will be writing a more detailed post later tonight but what do you all think? Was justice served?

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19 comments on “Verdict in Hate Crime Death of Marcelo Lucero, Guilty but not of Murder
  1. no, no justice was served. But to be fair, I also don’t think justice would have been served if he had been sent away for life or to death row. he’s just a stupid ass kid! maybe justice would be mean him around so he can talk to his peers about why the white gang life dont work.

  2. Oh I don’t think that locking him up for life or convicting him of murder would change the culture of hate but you know that if the tables were turned, as they have been many times, getting a murder conviction would be much easier especially in Long Island.

  3. If things had been the other way around, a “hispanic gang” going “cracker jumping” and someone ended up murdering a white man, the hispanic would DEFINITELY been convicted of murder…this coming from NY who’s lived and worked in the area of Long Island.

  4. and in those cases justice is not served either. But i hear you, if it was my son I would probably feel like eye for an eye.

  5. I wrote about this referencing the Anthony Baez case and the desire that many people have for the Feds to intervene in hate crimes cases to file civil rights violation charges. Having worked with families who have lost their children to hate crimes, part of the struggle for justice is recognizing how unjust the system is when it comes to the value of the lives of young men and women lost in our communities. So I know that sending Conroy away Be it for 5 years, 25 years or life won’t change the climate of anti-immigrant, anti-Latino hate that is on the upswing. It won’t change the prison industrial complex either pero I can’t even imagine the pain of Lucero’s mother and Brother, learning about that one not guilty and hearing that it meant that the jury thought that Conroy stabbing Marcelo wasn’t meant to kill him. Yeah right

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  7. Justice is never served when the JURORS do not represent the make up of who’s on trial and who are the victims – the people that matter… perhaps a modification to the 14th Amendment is needed.

    Also, as advocates, we should reach out to as many American Latinos to ensure they are aware of what is at stake when they choose not to participate in this citizenship responsibility. Proof of how critical this is, was seen in the Simpson case where because the prosecutor chose to file in downtown LA instead of Santa Monica, many people believe justice was not served…. see

    As per Hate crimes against Latinos, I have yet to see ONE case where justice wa served. For my cousins (Denis and Julio), even though they were victims of hate (Denis was stabbed), D&J were prosecuted and convicted for defending themselves… (even though there was medical evidence that the white boy had a pre-existing medical condition that may have been the cause and no physical injuries were found). They were deported due to IIRAIRA. We are still not giving up the fight – we will continue until justice is served.

    Thanks Mala for the insight you always bring to the table :)

  8. Hate is hate, no matter what…as much as I can fall into a scenario of torturing this p.o.s. I (we) must not go there, because hate is hate and wrong is wrong! However, Justice was not served! Can someone who knows tell us how to suggest the longest sentance be given to this discusting waste of air. Also why is there NOTHING on CNN? I have been searching all morning

  9. I think it comes down to the Defense lawyer(I read some of the cross-examination). He did well in creating a reasonable doubt. To me, Conroy’s conviction was sufficient.

    I do not see how the Jury could have committed a hate crime just because their decision did not satisfy your personal view on the case, Chicano future tense.

    Either way, like La mala said, no degree of jail time for the perpetrators will bring Marcelo back. It is a tragedy no matter which way it is spun. Will a hate crime conviction deter future similar crimes? Probably not.

  10. Marci,

    From what I have read Conroy faces anywhere from 8 to 25 years just on the manslaughter conviction. Not sure how much the gang assault conviction adds on.

    Bryan, not to speak for Chicano Future Tense but I think what is being referred to is that had an Ecuadorian immigrant been on trial for stabbing a young white man, I bet that there would have been a murder conviction.

  11. Quite possibly, La Mala. But who knows; LI, at least Suffolk County, is not so straightforward in its demographics. A lot would depend on which towns the juries derive from. For example, North Shore of Suffolk is largely white collar. Central and South are more blue collar(patchogue, for example).

    That’s one of the faults I had with the SPLC report; when I asked the friends that I have that are Latino in Suffolk county if they ever experienced any sort of fear from being what they are, they responded in the negative.

    I’ve wanted to conduct a more extensive interview of hispanic residents of Suffolk(SPLC did a limited pool) but I kind of don’t have the time.

  12. Had Conroy gotten a murder conviction, it would mean a lot symbolically. It would say that at least we are punished equally under the law, if nothing else. On the other hand, i don’t believe in our criminal justice system so i probably wouldn’t use that as a positive symbol anyway.

  13. Bryan,

    I have relatives in Suffolk County and actually spent a small part of my childhood in Nassau so I’m not completely unfamiliar with the area. Pero are you saying that the SPLC report was inaccurate? That some Latinos are not fearful because your Latino friends said they weren’t?

  14. Yeah Sabina, it’s complicated. I mean I think it would have had symbolic power as well and I think symbols can be powerful. Pero symbolic isn’t the same as actual as we can all see by all the symbolic talks and meetings on CIR that have led to where Arizona is right now

  15. Maegan,

    I do not think SPLC’s principal findings–that those that they interviewed were fearful in Suffolk County–was inaccurate. The inaccuracy that I found was in the way that they portrayed all of Suffolk county as a fearful place. In other words, I believe that they went there for a reason–to find a climate of fear–and found it but embellished it as well.

    Again, a lot has to do with demographics. Since you are familiar with Suffolk and Nassau, you know that there are towns such as Hempstead(nassau), Roosevelt(nassau), Brentwood(Suffolk), and Huntington Station (suffolk). These towns are almost, maybe even entirely, made up of Latinos and African Americans. My friends in Suffolk are from these towns, and have not expressed any fear.

    What I gathered from SPLC’s report(and it makes sense), is that the climate of fear is more prevalent in predominately white, blue-collared towns, such as farmingdale and patchogue with a significant Latino minority. As opposed to the Latino-majority towns, or upscale north-shore towns.

    I just think there is much more that the SPLC could have done in their study. Like remember those pinche tea-partiers I protested in East Setauket, my hometown, which in its own boundaries has a class divide itself. You drive one mile and the houses change from hedge-fund residents to plumbers. For example, did these protesters derive from the less-well off part of town, or not. I’m curious to know, especially since I’ve lived most of my life there.

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