Man Pleads Guilty in Broad Channel Hate Attack
A Brooklyn man pled guilty in Queens Supreme Court last week to a vicious knife attack at the Broad Channel subway station. He reportedly will be sentenced to sixteen years to life under a new Hate Crime statue enacted shortly before the crime.
According to police reports, Jeremias Amadeo of New Jersey Avenue in Brooklyn came upon a Pakastani man at the Broad Channel station.
Authorities say that the attack started when Amadeo walked up to the man and asked him what language he was speaking.
The man said he was speaking English and Amadeo asked if it were "American-English" or "English-English."
"What does it matter, English is English," the man reportedly responded. This response angered Amadeo.
He pulled out a knife and stabbed the man several times, narrowly missing the man’s femoral artery.
When police arrived and found the blood-soaked man on the platform, Amadeo reportedly told them, "I’m a Puerto Rican and a United States citizen, not like this mother ____ here."
He called the man "a dumb, stupid Mexican," and launched into a "obscene tirade," according to police.
Amadeo is the first person in Queens to be charged under the new hate crime act.
Justice Seymour Rotker has indicated that he will sentence Amadeo to sixteen years to life in prison when he pronounces the sentence on October 31.
District Attorney Richard Brown says that he is pleased with the outcome.
"The defendant’s guilty plea and his impending sentence sets the tone that no hate crime will be allowed in this county, plain and simple."
The new hate crime act, which took effect on October 8, 2000, enhances penalties in crimes where a victim is intentionally selected based on his or her race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practices, age, disability or sexual orientation.