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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mississippi teen gets life for race-based killing

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 9:08 AM

This makes me physically ill. This makes me detest factions of my home state.

Yesterday Deryl Dedmon pled guilty to murder and hate-crime charges in a Hinds County Circuit Court and was sentenced to two concurrent life terms.

On June 26, 2011 a group of drunk kids, ranging in age from 17 to 19, were partying in predominately white Brandon, Mississippi and specifically drove 16 miles to west Jackson, a predominately black area, with the intention of finding some black people to, according to the police "go fuck with."

The group found James Craig Anderson, 49, in the parking lot of Metro Inn, repeatedly beat and robbed him, then Dedmon ran over him with a Ford F-250, killing him, and the perpetrators left the scene — shouting "white power," according to one witness.

Anderson's family asked the judge not to seek the death penalty.

CNN has a more exhaustive report.

Also this, from the local TV news.

Here's a New York Times bit that followed the crime.

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