Boston, Massachusetts

May 17, 2016

 

 

Press release on sentencing of Mexican national Guillermo Rodríguez’s attackers

 

On the occasion of the public hearing which was held this Monday, May 16, 2016 in the Suffolk County Superior Court in the case of Mexican national Guillermo Rodríguez, who was assaulted by two American citizens, the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston welcomes the decision of the Court to accept the guilty pleas of brothers Scott and Steven Leader for hate crimes committed against Mr. Rodríguez and sentence them to three and two years in prison, respectively, followed by similar periods of conditional release and community work.

From the moment the attack against Mr. Rodríguez occurred, the Consulate has closely followed the case, providing consular and legal assistance, and has promoted cooperation with local, state and federal authorities while maintaining total respect for their jurisdiction.

The Consulate General of Mexico in Boston reiterates its vigorous condemnation of the assault suffered by Mr. Rodríguez and calls for the contributions of the immigrant community to the economy, society, values and culture of the United States to be recognized and serve as a source of the close ties between our societies.

Mexico rejects any act of violence motivated by the race, national origin or immigration status of an individual, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting the rights of all Mexicans residing in the United States, regardless of their migratory status.