2010-04-01 / Local & State

October Federal Hate- Crime Trial For Two In PA

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – Two eastern Pennsylvania men are scheduled to go on trial this fall in federal court on hate crime charges in the 2008 beating death of an illegal immigrant from Mexico.

U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo last week scheduled the trial of 20- year-old Derrick Donchak and 18-year-old Brandon Piekarsky to begin Oct. 4 in Wilkes-Barre. He gave the defendants until May 15 to file pretrial motions and supporting briefs.

The defendants are charged in the July 2008 beating death of 25-yearold Luis Ramirez in the town of Shenandoah. A separate indictment charges three police officers with obstructing the investigation into the death of Ramirez.

A Schuylkill County jury acquitted the teens last year of the most serious state charges against them, angering Hispanic leaders and civil rights groups.

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