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6th Teen Admits Role in LI Hate Crime Stabbing



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    Marcelo Lucero was allegedly beaten to death by seven teenage boys -- a crime police are saying was motivated by racial and cultural hate.

    A white Long Island teenager has pleaded guilty to hate crime charges in the stabbing death of an Ecuadorean immigrant.

    Christopher Overton is the sixth of seven teens convicted in the case. Overton admitted in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead on Tuesday that he was with a mob that had targeted Hispanics for violence.

    Overton pleaded guilty to gang assault, conspiracy and attempted assault as a hate crime.

    The victim, Marcelo Lucero and a friend were attacked in November 2008.

    Jeffrey Conroy was convicted last month of manslaughter after prosecutors said he inflicted the fatal blow. Conroy testified

    Overton was the one who stabbed Lucero, but jurors said later they never believed that story.

    Overton is also awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to burglary in unrelated attack in 2007 that left a homeowner dead.