Three white men who viciously beat and ran over 47-year-old car plant worker James Craig Anderson in 2011 were sentenced to federal prison for what they admitted was the result of them “hunting black people to attack.”
The young men, Deryl Paul Dedmon, John Aaron Rice, and Dylan Wade Butler, were sentenced to 50 years, 18 and a half years, and seven years respectively for commission of a hate crime. Dedmon also faces two life sentences in a Mississippi prison. The men, ranging in age from 21 to 23, are all from Brandon, Mississippi.
“What these people did was ugly, painful and sad and criminal,” U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said.
During sentencing, the group apologized to the family for the brutal killing of Anderson.
“I want to tell the Anderson family how truly sorry I am,” Dedmon said.
The apologies came after an impassioned condemnation of…
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