Ex-cops Stand Trial in Immigrant Fatal Beating Case

Three former Pennsylvania police officers are set to go on trial on charges they obstructed the investigation into the beating death of Mexican immigrant, Luis Ramírez, 25, in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania.

Former Shenandoah police Chief Matthew Nestor and two other former officers will stand trial in federal court in Wilkes-Barre on Monday.

Prosecutors say Nestor, William Moyer and Jason Hayes orchestrated a cover-up that protected the high school football players involved in the July 2008 death of Ramírez.

Ramírez died after an altercation with Brandon Piekarsky, now 18, and Derrick Donchak, now 20. Both men were originally acquitted in 2009 of state charges by an all-white jury. They were subsequently convicted, in October, of a federal hate crime for beating and kicking Ramírez. They will face a maximum of life in prison when they're sentenced later this month.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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