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On Wednesday, Latino leaders decried the sentences of two teens acquitted in the beating death of Luis Eduardo Ramírez, for related charges to the July 2008 fatal incident in Shenandoah, Pa. "There was no Justice done for Luis Ramirez, and we should not and will not rest until all four perpetrators of such a hideous crime are duly prosecuted under federal hate crime statues and found guilty of murder," said Reverend Miguel Rivera, chairman for the National Coalition Of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC). Read more at Media Mobilizing Project

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Brandon Piekarsky, 17, was sentenced to spend between 6 to 23 months in jail for simple assault, while Derrick Donchak was sentenced to 7 to 23 months for corruption of minors. After a Schuylkill County jury acquitted both teens of the most serious charges—which included ethnic intimidation, third degree homicide and aggravated assault—Latino organizations manifested their outrage and call on federal authorities to take action in this case.

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