Teenagers sentenced on lesser charges in beating death of illegal Mexican immigrant in Pa.

Pa. teens sentenced in fatal beating of immigrant

POTTSVILLE, Pa. — Two Pennsylvania teens acquitted of the most serious charges in the fatal beating of an illegal Mexican immigrant will each spend at least six months in prison for lesser charges.

A Schuylkill County judge sentenced 17-year-old Brandon Piekarsky and 19-year-old Derrick Donchak on Wednesday in the beating of Luis Ramirez on July 12, 2008, in Shenandoah.

Piekarsky was acquitted of third-degree murder and Donchak acquitted of aggravated assault last month.

Piekarsky was sentenced to six to 23 months in prison for simple assault. Donchak was also convicted of corruption of minors and received a sentence of seven to 23 months.

The earlier acquittals angered civil-rights groups, who pressed the Justice Department to pursue civil-rights charges against the teens.

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