One of Jose Sucuzhanay’s Killers Faces 40 Years. But Got Off on Hate Crime Charge

Hakim Scott, 26, accused of the savage murder of Jose Sucuzhanay in December 2008, was convicted yesterday of manslaughter and faces 40 years in prison. He was found not guilty of murder and hate crime charges — prosecutors had alleged Scott believed the victim was gay, after seeing him walking late at night huddled close to his brother. Scott’s alleged co-conspirator Keith Phoenix, who was videotaped at a toll booth laughing about the crime not 20 minutes later, will soon learn his fate.