Teen Gets 25 Years In Hate Crime Stabbing
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- A New York teenager has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in the hate crime killing of an Ecuadorean immigrant.

Nineteen-year-old Jeffrey Conroy got the maximum sentence Wednesday. The Suffolk County Court judge who sentenced him says "the proof was overwhelming."

Conroy was convicted last month of manslaughter as a hate crime and other counts in the November 2008 stabbing death of Marcelo Lucero (mar-SEHL'-oh loo-SEHR'-oh) on Long Island.

Conroy was one of seven teenagers implicated in the killing but the only one to go to trial.

After the sentence was imposed, Conroy's father, Robert Conroy, shouted an expletive, saying his son was only 17 at the time of the attack.

The killing put a spotlight on troubled race relations on Long Island.