Two men have confessed to stomping an 18-year-old boy to death because they thought he was gay.
Back in 2011, Anthony Collao was attending a party in Queens, New York, that was hosted by two gay men.
Then a group, all teens, crashed the party and trashed the home. They broke windows, wrote homophobic words on the walls, and yelled homophobic slurs at Collao.
Collao identified as straight.
The 18-year-old left the party but the men chased him down the street. They yelled more slurs, threw him to the ground, and punched, kicked and bashed him with a pipe and cane before robbing him and leaving him for dead.
Callao died two days later.
Jonathan Echevarria pled guilty to first degree manslaughter, with Queens Supreme Court Justice Joseph Zayas indicating he will sentence him to 18 years in prison.
Nolis Ogando pleaded guilty to first degree gang assault and will receive an eight-year sentence.
The four other assailants also pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree assault or first-degree manslaughter.
‘The last two defendants in this case have now admitted their roles in this heinous attack that cost a young man his life,’ Queens district attorney Richard Brown said.