Second man sentenced in Cortlandt hate crime

Second man sentenced in Cortlandt hate crime

A man who admitted to spearheading a hate crime against a black family in Cortlandt was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail.
Christopher Hudak pleaded guilty in August to setting a wooden cross on fire and placing it on the front lawn of Clara and Wes Atrope's home last November. Ryan Martin, who helped Hudak carry out the crime, was previously sentenced to four weekends in jail.
Both men also face five years probation and will have to perform community service. The judge presiding over the sentencing at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains said Hudak's 1,000 hours of community service will be served in neighborhoods that are predominately African-American.
Police say the cross-burning incident occurred after a fight between Hudak's sister and the Atropes' 15-year-old son, Timothy.
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