Phoenix Found Guilty of Hate Crime


The Brooklyn Ink brought you updates throughout the semester about a hate crime trial in Brooklyn involving an Ecuadorean immigrant. The jury in State Supreme Court yesterday found Keith Phoenix guilty in a retrial of murder as a hate crime. Phoenix and an accomplice attacked José Sucuzhañay and his brother with an aluminum baseball bat, believing that they were gay. The attack occurred in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn in the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 2008.

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