Four more sentencings set in Lucero hate crime case

Seven teens accused in a hate crime killing Seven teens accused in a hate crime killing are led out of Fifth Precinct in Patchogue. (Nov. 10, 2008) Photo Credit: James Carbone

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Four teenagers are set to be sentenced Wednesday for taking part in the November 2008 hate-crime attack that led to the stabbing death of Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero in Patchogue.

Lucero's brother, Joselo, is expected to speak in court before Jose Pacheco, Jordan Dasch, Christopher Overton and Anthony Hartford are sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Robert W. Doyle in the Suffolk County Courthouse. Joselo Lucero could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The four teens admitted participating in a string of assaults on Hispanic men, culminating in the attack on Lucero and his friend Angel Loja on Nov. 8, 2008. They are being held on bail at the Suffolk County jail.

Jeffrey Conroy, 19, of Medford, was tried and convicted in April of first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime for stabbing Lucero to death near the Patchogue train station. Conroy is serving a 25-year sentence at Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate Dannemora.

Two other teens who also took part in the attack, Nicholas Hausch and Kevin Shea, both 18 and from Medford, pleaded guilty to first-degree gang assault and fourth-degree conspiracy. They will be sentenced later this year.

Hartford, 19, of Medford, pleaded guilty in May to first-degree gang assault for attacking Lucero, 37, and Loja, 37, both of Patchogue, and taunting them with ethnic slurs. The judge agreed to sentence him to up to 10 years in prison as part of that plea deal.

Pacheco, Dasch and Overton each pleaded guilty to first-degree gang assault and fourth-degree conspiracy for their roles in the attack.

Pacheco, 19, of East Patchogue, is expected to receive a sentence of between 5 years and 25 years in prison.

Dasch, 19, of Medford, who admitted driving the teens to Patchogue and participating in the assaults, is expected to receive a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Overton, 18, of East Patchogue, whom Conroy blamed for the stabbing when he testified at his trial, is expected to receive no more than 7 years in prison. Overton's attorney denied his client stabbed Lucero.

Overton also is expected to be sentenced Wednesday for taking part in a 2007 home invasion that ended in an East Patchogue man's death.

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