N.Y. Gov. David Paterson Commutes Sentence of Man Convicted of Teenager's Death in Racially Charged Shooting


When the teens showed up outside his home, John White said they were like a lynch mob. He recalled a previous attack on his grandfather by the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama.

Daniel Cicciaro, told ABC News in 2008 that his son made a mistake using racial epithets, drinking and confronting White, but that it was not grounds for killing his son. Joanne Cicciaro said she doesn't understand why he failed to call 911, even after he shot her son.

"If it was an accident, what's your first reaction? 'Oh my God, what did I do? Oh my God, I can't believe it, I'm so sorry.' Did he do that?" she said in an earlier interview with ABC News. "No. He very deliberately just turned around, walked back up his driveway, like nothing happened, while my son is there, bleeding in the street."

The Cicciaros have also said they were disappointed in the length of White's sentence. Had White remained behind bars, he would have been eligible for parole in February 2012.

Because he received a commutation and not a pardon, White's conviction stands, and should he break the law again, his commutation would be voided.

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