Mississippi man pleads guilty to hate crimes charge
James Anderson, 49, died in June after allegedly being beaten by a group of white teens and run over by a truck.
January 3rd, 2013
05:25 PM ET

Mississippi man pleads guilty to hate crimes charge

A Mississippi man pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal hate crime charge in connection with a group of young men and teenagers that carried out racial attacks against African-Americans in 2011.

Joseph Dominick, 21, from Brandon, entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Mississippi, to one count of conspiracy to commit federal hate crimes.

Dominick and others began in the spring of 2011 to harass and assault African-Americans in Jackson and the surrounding area, according to the FBI.

In one case, Dominick was part of a group that used a sling shot to hurl metal ball bearings at several African-Americans, a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice said. The young men also threw glass beer bottles at African-Americans, the news release said.

On June 25, 2011, Dominick attended a party in Puckett, about 45 minutes from Jackson, where members of the group discussed going to the Mississippi capital to find African-Americans to harass, authorities said. While seven white men went in two trucks that night to Jackson, Dominick wasn't among them.

James Craig Anderson, 47, a black man, died after he was beaten and run over in the early morning hours of June 26, 2011. The truck was driven by Deryl Dedmon, a member of the group, prosecutors said.


soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. currywurst

    Where was the offensive language? was it 'african-american'? that's a horrible epithet.

    January 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Five years in prison?
    This event is staggering.
    The young white men involved in the murder strike me as more crude and hate-filled than any I knew when I was in Mississippi high schools under segregation.

    January 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      Agree @JI-F

      January 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Benn

    If think at the very minimum they should get life without parole. This isn't the 1920s. Even if it was, it is disgusting to harm someone just because they look different.

    January 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    In Texas a woman got 99 years for gluing her toddler to the wall! 5 years for a hatecrime that left 1 person dead!? That'll teach'em..... Not!!

    January 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Awful. Just awful that people, in this day and age, are so backwards.

    January 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Yea i agree banasy. And yet the *lump* is still walking around free!

    January 3, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Who's the lump ?

      January 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    We would rather not talk about it but racism is alive & well in US of A.

    January 3, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ saywhat, it certainly is. And @ poser patrick, if you were the real patrick you would know who the *lump* was.

    January 3, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary


    January 4, 2013 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    Yes, slavery installed since 1933

    January 4, 2013 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    I'm not finished with viewing the film yet tho

    January 4, 2013 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. Portland tony

    A very poorly written and edited story. Other than a young man pleading guilty to a hate crime. And that a black man was killed by another, I assume, white man.....What exactly happened? Thrown in to the story was that "some" teenagers, perhaps cohorts, ran around. harassing blacks by throwing beer bottles at
    them by innuendo one could assume that this was was a gigantic plot or just a bunch of bor ed drunken teens led by a racist whose actions got out of hand!

    January 4, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Southeast

    Back woods punks .

    January 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Southeast

    The kkk is in office that's why so little time.

    January 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |