A black man previously acquitted of murdering a Jewish scholar during the 1991 Crown Heights race riot was convicted Monday of violating the victim’s civil rights by stabbing him as he walked down the street.
Lemrick Nelson Jr., 21, sobbed and put his head in his hands as the federal court jury announced a verdict that could bring him a prison sentence of 15 years to life.
His co-defendant, Charles Price, 43, also was found guilty of violating the civil rights of the victim, Yankel Rosenbaum, by inciting a crowd of blacks to “go get the Jew” moments before the attack. Price is likely to get six to 20 years in prison.
The stabbing occurred after an accident in which a car in the motorcade carrying Lubavitcher Grand Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson hit and killed Cato Gavin, a 7-year-old black child.
As Nelson and Price were led from the courtroom, supporters shouted, “No justice! No peace!” - the chant heard on Brooklyn streets during four days of violence in August 1991 when Jews were assaulted and pelted with rocks and bottles while police stood by, outnumbered and unable to keep the peace.