Kicked to Death
posted: December 18, 2009
On a July night in 2008 in the small town of Shenandoah, PA, Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez was walking his sister-in-law home when he was confronted by some of the players on the Shenandoah High School football team as they were finishing up a night of drinking and partying. The confrontation ended with Ramirez getting his brains kicked out by two of the teens, Brandon Piekarsky and Derrick Donchak. He died two days later.

The trial of the teens ended with the all-white jury coming back with a conviction on the least serious charge, misdemeanor simple assault. Piekarsky was sentenced to 6 to 23 months and Donchak got 7 to 23 months in jail.

This week a federal indictment was handed down charging the teens with a hate crime. Separate indictments allege the Chief of Police and three other officers participated in obstructing the investigation of the crime, witness tampering and lying to the FBI.

It's charged that the boys were coached by the police to "keep their stories straight" and to get rid of the sneakers they were wearing the night they kicked Luis Ramirez to death. And the police involved were very involved: one of them was dating Piekarsky's mother, and another policeman's son was on the same football team.

Perhaps now justice will finally be done.

Read more about the case here.