- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 18, 2009

POTTSVILLE, PA. (AP) - A Pennsylvania prosecutor says charges have been dropped against one of three teenagers arrested in the beating death of an illegal immigrant from Mexico last year.

Schuylkill County prosecutor James Goodman says 17-year-old Colin Walsh has entered a plea in federal court. U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Heidi Havens declined comment.

Listed telephone numbers for Walsh’s attorney, Roger Laguna Jr., rang unanswered Saturday.

Seventeen-year-old Brandon Piekarsky and 19-year-old Derrick Donchak are scheduled to go on trial April 27 in the death of 25-year-old Luis Ramirez. Authorities have alleged a racial motivation for the July 12 attack in Shenandoah, about 80 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Goodman declined to say Friday whether Walsh will testify against his former co-defendants.



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Information from: Pottsville Republican and Herald, https://www.republicanherald.com

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