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Guilty of a hate crime. That is the verdict for two men from Shenandoah accused in the beating death of an immigrant from Mexico.

The federal jury came back with its decision shortly after 5 p.m.

The jury decided what happened in Shenandoah two years ago was a hate crime.

It jurors six-and-a-half hours to make their decision. When they did, Derrick Donchak, 20, and Brandon Piekarsky, 18, hung their heads. Found guilty on all charges, they were then led away in handcuffs.

Both were found guilty of a hate crime for the deadly beating of illegal Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez in 2008.

Donchak was also found guilty of aiding and abetting and conspiring a cover-up after the beating.

Donchak and Piekarsky were found not guilty of the most serious charges in Schuylkill County court last year. Each served time in County jail on lesser charges.

Now, the two face the possibility of life behind bars when sentenced.

Family members of both young men had nothing to say on the way out of the courthouse but defense attorneys said the fight is not over. They will appeal the guilty verdict.

Sentencing is set for January 24.

Donchak and Piekarsky have been ordered to be locked up until that time.

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