Federal Charges in Shenandoah Killing of Luis Ramirez

By PW Staff
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 9 | Posted Dec. 15, 2009

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In better times: Crystal Dillman (left) with her late fiance Luis Ramirez, the father of her two children.

Photo by The Allentown Morning Call

CNN reports: "Six people, including four police officers, were indicted in the fatal race-related beating of a Latino man in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The three indictments include federal hate crime charges, as well as obstruction of justice, conspiracy, official misconduct and extortion charges, authorities said. A federal grand jury handed up the indictments last week, and they were unsealed Tuesday. Derrick Donchak and Brandon Piekarsky are charged with a hate crime for beating Luis Ramirez in July 2008 while shouting racial epithets at him, prosecutors said. Ramirez died two days later."

Shenandoah Police Chief Matthew Nestor also faces multiple charges in the case.

PW wrote about the case in May, after a local jury found Donchak and Piekarsky not guilty of the most serious charges in the case.

The trial’s outcome outraged Latino leaders, who since the beginning claimed there were serious mistakes made in the prosecution of this crime.

“I’m completely disgusted and amazed at the jury’s improper, imprudent and deviant attitude toward this case,” says Rev. Miguel Rivera. “These individuals, all of them white, didn’t understand they had in their hands a civic and socially important case dealing with the life of a human being.”

Rivera, president of the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC, in Spanish), says the trial should have been held somewhere else.

“The prosecution was totally inept, lacking professionalism, as the outcome of this trial showed us,” he says. “They should’ve presented a motion to hold the trial somewhere else because the nature of this corrupt county [Schuylkill County] aids to breed white supremacy sentiments there.”

The lack of justice, Rivera says, shows that even an animal has more rights than an immigrant. “Had they killed a dog, these kids would be already imprisoned. It’s amazing that a dog has more rights than an undocumented immigrant,” he adds.

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1. Anonymous said... on Dec 16, 2009 at 01:34AM

“Justice is very patient.”

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2. Brittanicus said... on Dec 16, 2009 at 05:03PM

“Yet hardly a murmur from the national press about the cold blooded murder, by illegal gang members of Jamiel Shaw and the Bolgna 3 family members in the SANCTUARY CITIES of San Francisco and Los Angeles. This cover-up by the local police and prosecutors of these terrible slaughters, that still are rampant today in these cities. Neither is the drunk-while-intoxicated on our highways by illegal aliens, in many cases do not receive severe sentences for slaughtering whole American families. How come the FBI didn't investigate these bloody incidents?

Those who believe in America’s survival, without OVERPOPULATION as stated by the US Census bureau better read facts at NUMBERSUSA not the lies spawned by open border entities. Those who want details of corruption in WASHINGTON and state government go to JUDICIAL WATCH. Overpopulation, traffic chaos, infrastructure erosion should go to CAPSWEB. Other sites of interest on Immigration enforcement is ALIPAC and AMERICAN PATROL. We the people hav”

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3. Anonymous said... on Dec 16, 2009 at 10:13PM

“Will the baby making machine fiancee of this ILLEGAL immigrant be charged with aiding and abetting a lawbreaker? Where is child protective services? And where was the INS? They were obviously once again turning a blind eye as they do all acroos the country. If this person had not been in this country illegally-he would be alive today.I feel for the citizens of this town-fighting for jobs, putting up with the crime, filth these illegals bring. Where is the media when it is mexican on white?? Guess that doesn't make good copy.”

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4. Anonymous said... on Apr 10, 2010 at 10:51PM

“you people...yes you, probably some white mut mixed german irish, or something make me sick....must be nice not to have known those ILLEGAL immigrants in your family generations back....how about ANCESTRY.COM to find out which one of you come from non English speaker...."fighting for jobs" HAHAHAHHAHA.... please that is the most ignorant comment I have hear. Why would ANYONE want to go to this god for saken town...ANYONE...what for? A horrible education? What do you people learn up there? What is in a two block radius? How sad...hopefully you and your little town people fall off the MAP!”

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5. Anonymous said... on Jun 23, 2010 at 02:14PM

“While there is truth lent to all the statements above, let’s not forget the big picture, America and protecting what it stands for. As a Latino born in America, I am torn between the destruction of our infrastructure because of illegal immigration (not just by Latino aliens, but Anglos and Asian as well), and the importance of providing opportunity for immigrants which was the foundation of this great country.

Other atrocities committed by foreigners do not justify this act of injustice; they should all be dealt with blindly, regardless of race or immigration status. Saying he should have stayed in his country does not take away from the gross attitude of the American county he was slain.

This country once was shared by Native Americans until the Europeans slaughtered them and took the country for its natural resources. Mexico extended way beyond California and Texas until the American government waged war and took it, because of the discovery of gold. Anglos were once viewed as the plague that illegal aliens are viewed as today; but history belongs to the victors and Americas has come a long ways since the 1800’s.

America does not “belong” to any race, we are a “melting pot”, I am an American, of Latino immigrant parents (who came here legally), all of whom have paid taxes. Crime should be dealt with blindly, humanely, expeditiously and righteously; no matter how many will wish to divert this issue by factual or ridiculous commentary; it is all pointless because they are irrelevant to the issue at hand. America can go the route of Nazi Germany and find a scapegoat for its problems or we can show we are the greatest nation on this planet by showing unilateral justice.

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6. Anonymous, too said... on Jul 16, 2010 at 04:26PM

“"... Native Americans until the Europeans slaughtered them ... Mexico extended way beyond California and Texas until the American government waged war and took it ..."

Uh, no. You have some factoids here and need to do some research and learn the truth. To start with, there are no humans native to this continent. Even those who style themselves "Native Americans" came from Asia and replaced people who were here before them. Another fact to start with, Mexico had very few Mexican citizens in the lands that were won AND paid for by the United States. The bulk of the population were those "Native Americans" of whom you speak. Why aren't you angry at Mexico for "taking" it from them?”

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7. Patricio Tlacaelel Trujillo y Fuentes said... on Nov 10, 2012 at 02:58AM

“God has yet to bring the worst wrath on these curs who have no moral or ethical bones in their bodies. I pray that when judgment day comes these two utterly pathetic swine. To anonymous number 6, you obviously know about the Aztec and the Inca and the Maya. Do a little reading and you might have a different view of things.”

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8. tu papa said... on Jan 9, 2013 at 11:52AM

“sonn unos idiotas todos nobody gi ves a shit about legals or ilegals they just have to play it out

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9. Anonymous said... on Apr 25, 2014 at 08:34PM

All I know is that one day we will pay for our sins either in this world or the other.”


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