Black man gets 25 years to life for killing white woman in White Plains garage

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The man who said he stabbed a woman to death in a Galleria Mall parking garage because she was white was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life in prison. In July, Phillip Grant, 44, was found guilty of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the death of 56-year-old Connie Russo Carriero. Minutes after the June 2005 murder, Grant admitted his guilt and led police to a bloody knife and sat for a videotaped confession. Grant, who is a convicted sex offender, is the first person in Westchester to be convicted of murder as a hate crime.

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