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Coram Man Gets 10 Years For Port Jefferson Station Hate Crime

Brian Karris, of Coram, sentenced to ten years for beating up Joseph King at a bus stop on Main Street and Cherub Lane.

Newsday has reported that Brian J. Karris, the Coram man convicted of a 2010 hate crime, was sentenced on Friday in a Riverhead court to ten years in jail for the beating of a mentally ill man at a bus stop in Port Jefferson Station.

In his statement, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said that Karris targeted Joseph King because he is African-American and has an intellectual disability.

Although Newsday reports that Karris said in court that he is not a bigot, a judge cited his violent past that included beating up an ex-girlfriend and a 2003 conviction of assault for hitting a bartender over the head with a glass when he refused to serve Karris any more drinks.

You can read the full story on Newsday's website here.

In 2010, Karris, 36, punched King, who was 46-years-old at the time, in the face then “twice stomped on the unconscious victim’s head,” according to a statement released by the district attorney’s office.

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Earl December 17, 2012 at 02:11 PM
10 years is a joke. He'll probably be out in 2. I hope someone stomps on this piece or garbage in prison every day just like he did, would be the only fitting punishment.
crookhaven December 18, 2012 at 07:32 PM
we are overflowing with white trash, have fun in jail where everyone knows how to fight. haha
monkey lewis December 19, 2012 at 08:55 AM
The guy (perp) has a mental disorder,it was no hate crime
Keri Vandiver January 28, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Brian is my brother who has a serious mental illness if the state would have medicated him correctly instead of throwing him on the street this would have never happened.... it's not his fault !

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