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Sentencing Set For Coram Man Convicted of Hate Crime in Port Jefferson Station

Brian Karris was convicted for 2010 assault of a mentally disabled African-American at a bus stop.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced that a Coram man who was convicted last month of a violent hate crime against a mentally disabled man at a bus stop at Cherub Lane and Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station will be sentenced in a Riverhead court on Friday.

On June 10, 2010 Brian Karris, 36, punched Joseph 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.

Police detectives arrested Karris 12 days after the attack.

“The victim was in a coma for a week and hospitalized for several months with multiple skull fractures,” the district attorney said in a statement,

The judge in his trial found Karris not guilty of assault in the first degree, not guilty of attempted robbery in the first degree but determined he was guilty of assault in the second degree as a hate crime.

In his statement, Spota said that Karris targeted King because he is African-American and has an intellectual disability.

“The defendant admitted to police both a resentment of African Americans, and that he was ‘messin’ with (the victim) ‘cause I knew he was a retard,’” he said.

The district attorney will recommend Karris get the maximum punishment of 15 years in a state correctional facility.

jackie December 14, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Disgraceful...glad he got maximum
Earl December 14, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Piece of garbage should never see the light of day again. Would be so nice if morons like this could be punished with the exact same thing they dished out. See how tough he is then!
Mels Ditties December 14, 2012 at 05:07 AM
But ONLY if the victim or the victim's family could be the ones to dole out the punishment!...
Anonymous Anonymous December 14, 2012 at 01:04 PM
oh, sorry Jackie, it doesn't say he got the maximum. only that the DA is pushing for it when he IS sentenced. Just thought you might want to know.
Justin Time December 14, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Alot of sick people in the world..taxpayers have to pay for these idiots to be "Rehabilitated"
ReeNee December 14, 2012 at 02:45 PM
It makes me so sad to read that there are individuals out there today such as this hateful man. I guess we do still have a long way to go. Glad he got caught and punished for his crime. Port Jefferson St really needs 24 hr patrolling. I live in this general area and I feel I'm taking a risk everytime I want to go to Bravo for shopping.
biznatch December 14, 2012 at 03:14 PM
If you're offended by what he said, just imagine what the inmates will think. This charmer will regret his actions for sure.
Earl December 14, 2012 at 05:17 PM
We can only hope!
Anonymous December 14, 2012 at 10:14 PM
What the DA did not say was that Brian Karris had many African American friends. What the DA did not say was that Brian Karris had a mental illness and was off of his medication. Being off of his medication caused him to be in a psychotic state, which caused him to think he was going to be harmed by the victim and in turn beat him. Brian did not have a resentment towards African Americans and would never hurt anyone, especially a disabled man, if he was on his medication. Should Brian Karris have consequences? Absolutely!! But please know the whole story before you demonize and trash this mentally ill man.
ReeNee December 15, 2012 at 01:49 AM
To Anonymous: If you personally knew Brian K. thanks for clarifying this. Your explanation makes more sense to me. The world is very sad for me today :(
Anonymous December 15, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Yes. I was his very close friend. Mental Illness is tragic and many times, as we can all see, so is it's aftermath. I grieve with you ReeNee.
biznatch December 15, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Does he have a treatment history? It is irresponsible to publish a story without mentioning that the attacker may have been psychotic. Thank you for the perspective Anon. Very tragic.
Anonymous December 15, 2012 at 07:08 AM
He has been in and out of Treatment facilities for the last ten years. I contacted the news station where they reported this case as well and shared with them my frustration at this half reporting. The way news reporters can put a spin on an issue has really hit home for me and Brian's family. What Brian did was horrendous and tragic and at the same time the context is so important to get the full picture. Although, it is really the DA's fault for not presenting Brian's treatment history. My guess is getting a hate crime perpetrator under the DA's belt make's him look like quite the hero. Tragic.
Lon Cohen December 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Hi Anonymous, Please contact me at lon.cohen@patch.com to verify this information and we will certainly include the facts if they are true. Thanks. - Lon
ReeNee December 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM
There has to be more awareness to mental illness. There was a big problem not too long ago when Kings Park Psych Center closed. There were many mentally ill homeless with no where to go when it shut down. I'm so sad at what's becoming of the world we live in.
jackie December 16, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I realized that after I saw the new the nite I wrote that..thanks!!!
jackie December 16, 2012 at 07:55 PM
The goverment keeps on talking about gun laws..they should put their money where their mouth is stop cutting community programs and grants for our counties to help people and children with mental illness.That is the first thing they cut is community programs and awareness programs Waiver programs to help mentally challenged adults and children!!! This is coming from a huge Parent Advocate for children with mental illness that sat with suffolk county to help get passed the Samsha Bill that Nassau County implicated in 2008.
monkey lewis December 19, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Brian does look like a retard in his defense.
g rock December 22, 2012 at 01:40 PM
i knew brian personally . i dont know who anonoymous is but he was right on with his summation. brian was a good dude. who had a very hard life. if he was medicaided he would never have done this.
Grace March 27, 2014 at 10:43 PM
So now he murdered someone in prison. Do you think they put him in with a nice, mentally slow, 24 year old man on purpose? I really wonder.
Earl March 31, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Maybe now he will get the death penalty and we taxpayers can stop paying for this waste of space.

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