RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) A jury Saturday convicted a black man of killing a white teen during a racially charged confrontation outside the man's home despite his claims that he feared a lynch mob had come to attack his family.
Jurors found John White, 54, guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Daniel Cicciaro. White faces a prison term of five to 15 years. He was allowed to remain free on bail until sentencing.
Defense attorney Fred Brewington said White planned to appeal and called the verdict "disappointing for African-Americans" in the area, a predominantly white community on eastern Long Island.
The ruling came on the fourth day of deliberations following an emotional three-week trial that attracted national attention after White's defense attorneys invoked the nation's violent racist past in arguing the shooting was justified.