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On June 11, 1990, sentences were handed down in the Hawkins case.19-year-old Fama received a sentence of 32⅓ years to life in prison.The acquittal of Vento on a murder charge, and the light sentence handed out to Serrano, sparked more protests by the African-American community in Bensonhurst.Shortly before that march was set to begin on January 12, 1991, Al Sharpton was stabbed and seriously wounded by Michael Riccardi in a Bensonhurst schoolyard. Riccardi was convicted of first-degree assault and sentenced to of 5 to 15 years in prison, despite a plea for leniency by Sharpton himself, who believed that distorted news coverage of his activities had influenced his attacker.One, armed with a handgun, shot Hawkins twice in the chest, killing him.
Hawkins and three friends were attacked by a crowd of 10 to 30 white youths, with at least seven of them wielding baseball bats.The changes are enormous, all 3 movie houses are gone, most Italian restaurants are gone and 86th street is mostly Asian. I think it's lost a little of it's charm from just a few decades ago, but most of it seems to have changed over from Italian to Asian.