Appeals Court Upholds Manslaughter Conviction in LI Race Case

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    John White

    A state appeals court has upheld the manslaughter conviction of a black New Yorker who shot a white teenager during a racially charged confrontation.

    A panel of four judges concluded that a Long Island jury was justified in finding John White guilty in the August 2006 shooting of Daniel Cicciaro Jr.

    Cicciaro and some friends had been feuding with White's son, Aaron. Several carloads drove to the Whites' Miller Place home to confront the teen. When they arrived, both father and son went to the end of their driveway with weapons.

    During the dispute, the elder White's handgun went off, killing Cicciaro.

    White's appeal cited several legal arguments, all of which were rejected by the court. His attorney says White is disappointed and his legal team is examining their options.