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2 more North Shore teens go behind bars for assualt of Mexican immigrant

By Frank Donnelly
January 15, 2011

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Two more North Shore teens were sent to prison yesterday in connection with last year’s vicious beating of a Mexican immigrant in Port Richmond.

Ethan Cave, 16, of Mariners Harbor, and William Marcano, 18, of Elm Park, were each sentenced to one and one-third to four years behind bars for attacking Rodulfo Olmedo, a baker, on April 5, while allegedly shouting anti-Mexican slurs.

The beating was among a number of assaults committed against Mexican immigrants last year in Port Richmond, sparking a concentrated police presence in the area. A grand jury, however, declined to indict the defendants on hate-crime charges.

Last week, Rolston Hopson, 18, of Elm Park, was sentenced to six years behind bars for his role in the attack.

The fourth and final defendant in the case, Tyrone Goodman, an 18-year-old Elm Park resident, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday. He, too, will receive one and one-third to four years.

Last month, the suspects pleaded guilty in state Supreme Court, St. George — Hopson to first-degree robbery; Goodman and Marcano to second-degree robbery, and Cave to attempted first-degree robbery — a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel Donovan said yesterday.

According to court documents, the four assailants allegedly converged on Olmedo early in the morning, calling him “an [expletive] Mexican.”

Hopson beat him with a wooden stick and Marcano also had a stick, court papers said. The suspects then stole Olmedo’s wallet, $300 and cell phone, before fleeing.

Olmedo, then 25, suffered a fractured skull and other injuries.

Hopson and Goodman allegedly told police that prior to the assault, they had fought with a group of Hispanics, including Olmedo. The quartet retaliated a few minutes later when they saw Olmedo alone.

Cave and Marcano were sentenced yesterday as youthful offenders, meaning the convictions won’t go on their records. Goodman, likewise, could be sentenced next week as a youthful offender.