A New York City man accused of breaking a beer bottle over the head of an Ecuadorean immigrant has been convicted of manslaughter and attempted assault in the man's death, but not as a hate crime.
Hakim Scott dodged a murder conviction, and a Brooklyn jury sided with his attorney who claimed the incident was not a hate crime.
Scott was accused of breaking a bottle over the head of Jose Sucuzhanay as the man walked arm-and-arm with this brother.
The 36-year-old Scott chased after the victim's brother with the broken bottle.
Prosecutors say Scott and Keith Phoenix mistook the brothers for gay men and yelled slurs.
Phoenix pleaded not guilty. A separate jury is deliberating his case.
Sucuzhanay died several days later at a hospital.