BY LUIS ANDRES HENAO
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Four Chilean men were convicted of first-degree murder Thursday for beating a gay man to death and carving swastikas into his body.
Daniel Zamudio's slaying set off a national debate about hate crimes in Chile that led Congress to pass an anti-discrimination law.
As the judge read the guilty verdict, Zamudio's mother sobbed and her son's killers stood motionless and stared blankly at the floor.
Judge Juan Carlos Urrutia said Patricio Ahumada Garay, Alejandro Angulo Tapia, Raul Lopez Fuentes and Fabian Mora Mora were guilty of a crime of "extreme cruelty" and "total disrespect for human life."
The judge said the attackers burned Zamudio with cigarettes, beat him with glass bottles and broke his right leg with a heavy stone before they abandoned him in a park in the Chilean capital on March 3, 2012.