Sentencing for teens in immigrant'seath

June 17, 2009 5:27:01 AM PDT
Two Pennsylvania teenagers are due in court to be sentenced for simple assault in the beating death of an illegal Mexican immigrant last summer.

An all-white jury acquitted 17-year-old Brandon Piekarsky and 19-year-old Derrick Donchak of more serious charges at a trial in Schuylkill County last month.

The verdict in the death of Luis Ramirez angered Hispanic leaders and civil-rights groups.

Prosecutors said Ramirez was the victim of a gang of drunken white teens who disliked the influx of Hispanic immigrants in their town. Defense lawyers said the 25-year-old Ramirez was the aggressor.

Piekarsky and Donchak are slated to be sentenced Wednesday by Schuylkill County Judge William Baldwin.

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