Final Attacker in Ecuadorean Hate-Slay Pleads Guilty

Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010  |  Updated 1:15 PM EDT
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Final Attacker in Ecuadorean Hate-Slay Pleads Guilty

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Marcelo Lucero

A lawyer says the last of seven New York teenagers implicated in the hate crime killing of an Ecuadorean immigrant is set to plead guilty.

Anthony Hartford's lawyer tells Newsday the 18-year-old will plead guilty Wednesday to gang assault in the November 2008 stabbing of Marcelo Lucero. The attorney did not immediately return a telephone message.

The plea comes a week after 19-year-old Jeffrey Conroy was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime for inflicting the fatal blow.

Prosecutors say the teens targeted Hispanics on eastern Long Island.

Five others have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

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