The Juan Varela murder is featured in the video above by Dennis Gilman.
Stephen Lemons from the Phoenix New Times has the latest on the trial of this murder and horrendous hate crime in the aftermath of SB1070.
A note to Sand Land’s hillbilly gun-huggers: Beer and firearms don’t mix. And they mix especially poorly with bigotry, latent or otherwise.
Case in point is Gary Kelley, the South Phoenix man who gunned down his neighbor Juan Varela on May 6, 2010 after screaming at him in a drunken rage, “You fucking Mexican, go back to Mexico!”
Today, Kelley was sentenced to 27.5 years in prison for second degree murder and aggravated assault. Kelley’s first trial ended with a hung jury earlier this year. He was retried in April and convicted.
Kelley, 51, is Anglo. Varela was Latino, an American citizen and 44 years-old at the time of his murder. Varela’s family has been in this country for generations.
The shooting happened outside of Varela’s home with Varela’s brother looking on and their mother watching from their house.