Brandon Piekarsky and Derrick Donchak were sentenced to nine years for the murder of Luis Ramirez. (Technically I guess it was for civil rights violations. They each did about six months for underage drinking and assault.) They could have received life in prison. But given the judge, I didn’t expect it.
According to one news report, Piekarsky apologized to the family and denied that he is a racist.
Matthew Nestor, Shenandoah’s former police chief, was convicted of falsifying records and faces up to 20 years in prison. He was acquitted on conspiracy charges. Officer William Moyer was found guilty of lying to the FBI but was acquitted of all other charges; he faces up to five years. Patrolman Jason Hayes was acquitted on all counts. You may remember Hayes dated Piekarsky’s mother and Nestor had vacationed with her.
Nine years from now (if they serve all nine), Luis Ramirez will still be dead.
In other news, Shawna Forde is eligible for the death penalty.