Judge Sentences 3 Men to Federal Prison in Murder of Black Man in Mississippi

© Rogelio V. Solis/AP Photo In this March 21, 2012 photo, a Hinds County Sheriff's Department deputy directs Deryl Dedmon, who was sentenced to 50 years for the June 2011 death of 47-year-old James Craig Anderson, to a seat in a Hinds County court room. Also sentenced for the crime were John Aaron Rice to 18 ½ years and Dylan Wade Butler to seven years.
© Rogelio V. Solis/AP Photo
In this March 21, 2012 photo, a Hinds County Sheriff’s Department deputy directs Deryl Dedmon, who was sentenced to 50 years for the June 2011 death of 47-year-old James Craig Anderson, to a seat in a Hinds County court room. Also sentenced for the crime were John Aaron Rice to 18 ½ years and Dylan Wade Butler to seven years.

Three people have been sentenced to federal prison following a hate crimes investigation stemming from the death of a black man who was beaten and run over by a truck.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Tuesday sentenced Deryl Paul Dedmon to 50 years; John Aaron Rice to 18 ½ years; and Dylan Wade Butler to seven years. They were charged in the June 2011 death of James Craig Anderson.

The inquiry that followed Anderson’s death revealed a group of young white people had been coming to Jackson to harass and assault African-Americans.

The three pleaded guilty in March 2012 to one count of conspiracy and one count of committing a hate crime.

Dedmon pleaded guilty to two state charges in 2012 and received life sentences on each.

Source: The AP

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