The second of the four guys who were accused of an Election Night hate-crime spree in Staten Island has pleaded guilty. The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that Brian Carranza, 21, admitted in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn to conspiring to assault African-Americans in retaliation for Obama’s victory. (Bryan Garaventa pleaded out earlier this month.) A sentencing date has not been set. Carranza faces at 10-year max and a quarter-million dollar fine, but as he has copped in advance of remaining holdouts Ralph Nicoletti and Michael Contreras, we may assume he’s cooperating and will receive a lighter sentence.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 26, 2009