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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