Hate Crime Trial Brings One Sentencing

Three people arrested in August 2013 for an anti-semitic attack on a group of Hasidic Jewish men in Kaser recently took the stand to face charges. Shashi Ramsaroop, 23 of Clarkstown, plead guilty to third- degree Assault and could receive sixty days in jail and two- year probation for shooting Josef Margaretten and another man with a paintball gun and yelling racist slurs at them as they drove by. Ramsaroop’s girlfriend, 21- year old Lindsey Peaks of Spring Valley, informed judges that she was pregnant at the time of the incident and she and 19- year old Demetrius Latrell Torain of Spring Valley will likely have the charges dismissed after an adjournment. All three were originally charged with second- degree assault and misdemeanor counts of second- degree harassment, fourth- degree criminal tampering. Margaretten suffered burn marks from being hit with the CO2 powered paintball gun and according to his wife, Esther, he has recovered from the physical trauma, but they will always remember the night of the shooting. Both stated that they are happy with the charges against Ramsaroop and the dismissal of charges against the other two if they agree to stay out of trouble.

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