2009-06-04 / Local & State

Governor Seeks Federal Charges In Immigrant Death

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (rehn-DEL') wants the Department of Justice to file federal charges against two teenagers in the fatal beating of a Mexican immigrant.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday, Rendell urges the Department of Justice to pursue civil rights charges against the white teenagers from Shenandoah (shen-uhn-DOH'- uh), a small blue-collar town.

Earlier this month, a Schuylkill (SKOO'-kul) County jury acquitted the 17-year-old and 19-year-old of charges including murder and ethnic intimidation but convicted them of simple assault.

Two other teens have pleaded guilty in connection with the attack.

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