April 21st, 2010
07:52 PM ET

3 sentenced for hate crime in South Carolina

Three men were sentenced to prison for forcing an African-American man out of a South Carolina convenience store, threatening him with a chainsaw and stealing his car, an incident the Department of Justice said was fueled by hate.

Thomas Blue Sr., 49, owner of the convenience store, was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison in the 2007 incident. A second man, Judson Hartley Talbert, was sentenced to nine years, the department said. Blue's son, Thomas Blue Jr., 29, was sentenced to three years.

The three pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to deprive and depriving Dahndra "Ervin" Moore of his right to engage in a federally protected activity - entering the convenience store - and also to conspiring to carjack and carjacking his car, authorities said. The elder Blue also pleaded guilty to depriving two other people, both white, of their right to engage in a federally protected activity and using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence against those two.

Three men were sentenced to prison for forcing an African-American man out of a South Carolina convenience store, threatening him with a chainsaw and stealing his car, an incident the Department of Justice said was fueled by hate.

Thomas Blue Sr., 49, owner of the convenience store, was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison in the 2007 incident. A second man, Judson Hartley Talbert, was sentenced to nine years, the department said. Blue's son, Thomas Blue Jr., 29, was sentenced to three years.

The three pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to deprive and depriving Dahndra "Ervin" Moore of his right to engage in a federally protected activity - entering the convenience store - and also to conspiring to carjack and carjacking his car, authorities said. The elder Blue also pleaded guilty to depriving two other people, both white, of their right to engage in a federally protected activity and using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence against those two.

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  1. Danielle

    It is a shame to see hate crimes performed at all, if especially in the twenty first century. The ironic thing is, if we lived during primitive times, when we lived and roamed on plains, humans would befriend humans more than likely if they were trying to avoid being chased by a mountain lion, bear, etc. With the advent of the iphone, iPad, the internet, we still have people who act like barbarians in mind and action. I guess this goes to show even though you may have a fountain of knowledge before you, you don't necessarily have to act upon that foundation.. i.e. you can give someone a book but they don't have to read it. .. I'm assuming the felons are scared or haven't been exposed to individuals who look different or speak differently than they do. Imagine if all men and women were born and told to act or look a certain way or befriend only people who looked similar to you. That is small minded and naive... in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King: "we should not judge people by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character". And realize, even the content of someone's character is malleable and can easily change.. This post reminds me of another hate crime committed in Chico, CA where CSU's student body president was attacked. The interesting tie between these two stories is both these crimes' perpetrators are males. Maybe before addressing this a hate crime conflict, which it evidently is, we should analyze male aggression and figure out what prompts males to act aggressively and see if there are methods we can devise to prevent this reckless, mindless aggression from occurring. As a society, perhaps it is a good idea to reiterate violence is horrible upon whoever the victim is, male or women. Men often justify violence when it's between males yet have no excuse if a woman is the target (social stigma is greater for a man who hits a woman as evidenced with the Chris Brown/Rihanna incident, if we want to decrease aggression, how can we make male vs male violence as great a social stigma as the previous?). What is supposedly solved by "violence" often can be solved by a good round of discussion and conversation...

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