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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 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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