Three Sentenced to Prison in Slaying of Black Man in Mississippi

Three Sentenced to Prison in Slaying of Black Man in Mississippi

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.

Published February 11, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — 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-and-a-half 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.

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(Photo: Courtesy of the Anderson Family)

Written by The Associated Press

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