3 plead guilty to hate crimes in Mississippi killing
Auto plant worker James Craig Anderson was run over and killed by a group of white teens in June, Mississippi authorities say.
March 22nd, 2012
05:51 PM ET

3 plead guilty to hate crimes in Mississippi killing

Three white Mississippi men pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes Thursday in connection with the 2011 beating death of an African-American man in Jackson, the Justice Department announced.

Deryl Dedmon, John Aaron Rice and Dylan Butler each admitted to conspiracy and violating the 2009 federal hate-crimes law in last June's killing of James Craig Anderson. They face sentences of up to life in prison and $250,000 in fines, federal prosecutors said.

The 19-year-old Dedmon had already pleaded guilty to state murder and hate-crime charges Wednesday in a state court and was sentenced to life in prison. Rice, 19, and Butler, 20, made their initial appearances with Dedmon in federal court Thursday morning.

The men are among the first defendants to be prosecuted under the federal hate-crime statute that President Barack Obama signed in 2009 and the first to be prosecuted in a fatal attack, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, the head of the Justice Department's civil rights division, said in a statement on Thursday's pleas.

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  1. JHL

    It would be great to see which of the other mutts are joining Dedmon. What about the rest of the pack? Society will not miss any of them and the local Waffle House can get more busboys.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kevin


    March 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    See what hatred and bigotry gets one?

    March 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT (kcmo resident and smoker of fine purple kush)

    They face sentences of up to life in prison and $250,000 in fines, federal prosecutors said..
    like if they had 25ok , they would not be doing this kinda crimes...

    March 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO ©

    I for one, would be worried to the point of insomnia, wondering how I would come up with the money to pay the fine, while I was in my prison cell.

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    March 22, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Also underwritten by the Nazi Flying Saucer Corporation.

      March 22, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @BOMBO and @banasy, LOL on your sponsorships;-).

      March 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bubba™

    White people should get out and march with their white hoodies. To protest such harsh punishment.

    March 22, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba™

      Oh wait. Only black hoodies can do that.

      March 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Well them go ahead a make a Dum@ss out of yourself.

      March 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      White people? Don't even think we can call ourselves white anymore. P.C. BS has killed our race. Hey al, leave the ebonics talk for home, ok.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. High Hopes

    I, honestly, don't see that much difference between this hate crime and the one committed against Trayvon Martin, except that.Zimmerman acted alone. I've listened to the 911 tapes and although the method was different, the spirit through which Zimmerman acted is much the same.

    My thoughts and prayers to both families, one who has been blessed with justice, the other just starting their journey.


    March 22, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Zimmermans guilty? Didn't know they had the trial yet. These kids were on camera. open and shut. Zimmerman had grass stains and dirt on the back of his shirt and a cut on his head. Nobody seems to care that witnesses are coming forward and saying they saw the kid on top of Zimmerman.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Sad that we need specific laws to prosecute a person who takes another life that wasn't threatening anyone.
    Obviously this would be to get a greater sentence thown at he defendant.
    I also listened to the 911 tapes and High Hopes and can't get that kids screams out of my head, He did NOT want to die yet you could hear it in his voice that he knew he was about to die.
    People seem to be much more vicious than animals.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Savior

    I'm a proud white American but people like Bubba and those that commit such crimes make me wanna go out and get a good tan.

    March 23, 2012 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Proud and white? Don't think thats allowed anymore. We built the world and now have to watch it shrink back to barbarism. I blame integration. And Zimmermans hispanic so I don't know why they would say he's white/hispanic. One or the other.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Racism is alive & well in this blessed country of ours folks, It never went away. It raises its ugly head in acts like these.

    March 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SparkleFarkle

    Hopefully Deryl Dedmon will find a nice burly 250 lb boyfriend

    March 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SparkleFarkle

    19 thin and blonde – what a tasty treat. I'm sure little Deryl Dedmon thinks he is a badboi – but he has no clue.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. p41

    Fry those racist caucasian terrorists

    April 14, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    wow i think that was messed up what those boys did, that guy didnt deserve whawt they did to him. it's not okay what they did to the guy... rest in peace.

    August 22, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ann roberts

    We need THE FBI to get involved in these investigation because the law enforcement is tne one behind these murder them and their family.

    March 17, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |