Scott Leader, 38, and Steve Leader, 30, had previously pleaded
guilty to indictments charging them with causing bodily injury while
committing a civil rights violation, as well as assault and battery
with a dangerous weapon, among other charges.
Scott Leader was sentenced to three years in prison and Steve Leader
was sentenced to 1-1/2 years, the Suffolk County District Attorney's
Office said in a statement. The pair will also be on probation for
three years after their prison sentences end.
The Leaders were arrested on Aug. 19 on suspicion of beating
Rodriguez, then 58, as he slept in a subway station. The men told
police they targeted their victim because they believed he was an
The victim, Guillermo Rodriguez, said in a statement that he was in
fact a permanent resident.
"I came to this country many years ago and worked hard in the farm
fields to provide produce to people here. I actually became a
permanent resident of this country years ago, although if I had been
undocumented I still would not have deserved to be beaten this way,"
Rodriguez said in a prepared statement read by Assistant District
Attorney Nicole Rimar before the sentencing.
The pair punched and kicked Rodriguez, and one of the men repeatedly
struck him with a metal pole, before the two walked off laughing,
According to a police report, they told officers, "Donald Trump was
right: All these illegals need to be deported."
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Prosecutors said Scott Leader told arresting officers that he
believed the attack was justified because the victim was homeless
and Hispanic. The pair also allegedly threatened police officers
while in custody.
Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for the U.S. presidential
race, has been vocal on immigration, proposing to build a wall on
the U.S.-Mexico border and promising, if elected, to deport the
estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already in the United
Trump, a real estate developer and reality television personality,
initially described the attack as an outcome of passionate views on
immigration but later called it "terrible."
Lawyers for the two men could not be reached for immediate comment
on Monday night.
(Reporting by Scott Malone in Boston; Writing by Curtis Skinner;
Editing by Sandra Maler)
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