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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two young white women, part of a group who repeatedly searched Mississippi’s capital city for black people to attack, are scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.

In separate hearings, U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate will sentence Sarah Adelia Graves and Shelbie Brooke Richards. Graves pleaded guilty in December to a conspiracy count and faces up to five years in prison. Richards, who pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy and concealing the crime by lying to police, faces eight years in prison.

Both Graves and Richards were riding in a truck driven by Deryl Paul Dedmon that ran over James Craig Anderson in June 2011. Anderson died after being beaten and run over.

Six white men have been sentenced earlier by a different judge, receiving prison terms ranging from four years to 50 years. Two more men await sentencing after Thursday.

Both women have acknowledged that they helped recruit people at a birthday party to take part in the venture that eventually led to Anderson’s death. Richards admitted that she encouraged Dedmon to assault Anderson when they arrived in a hotel parking lot, and then yelled a racial slur and encouraged Dedmon to run over Anderson when Dedmon returned to the truck.

Hotel surveillance video, obtained by The Associated Press and other media outlets, shows a Ford truck back up and then lunge forward at 5:05 a.m. Anderson’s shirt is illuminated in the headlights before he disappears under the vehicle next to the curb.

Richards also acknowledged that later that month she lied to Jackson police detectives about the incident and her participation.

The 10 defendants have pleaded guilty to other racially motivated attacks, including the beating of a black man near a Jackson golf course, the beating of another man who tried to sell the suburbanites drugs, attacks on pedestrians using beer bottles and a slingshot, and an attempt to run down another black man.

Prosecutors said the suspects usually sought out people who were homeless or drunk. Other than Anderson, the black people who were assaulted have not been identified.

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13 thoughts on “2 Women to be Sentenced in Slaying of Mississippi Black Man

  1. Donna C Baruso on said:

    Why weren’t they charged with and convicted for a Hate Crime? It fits the criteria. It also would’ve demanded they serve more time.

    • specialt757 on said:

      I wondered the same thing Donna. I’m wondering if they all took pleas to a lesser charge and thats the reason for these light sentences.

      • That’s probably what happened. They saved the state some time and money and were rewarded for it. Hopefully they’ll also get rewarded in prison. Inmates are unusually adept at knowing the newbie’s history.

    • Pat Jones on said:

      I totally agree with everybody. But everyone is forgetting this took place in the deep white south. No such thing as hate crimes in the deep south.

  2. These racist losers should have gotten life sentences. A life for a life. May their “just” punishment be serving their time in jail suffering to stay alive.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    I feel sick on the stomach, what a total disregard and disrespect of human life. This is the type of racist behavior that have found many black people murdered just because of the color of their skin. And these stupid ass politicians want to say racism is no longer because we have a black president. Give me a break, these sentences are way to light. These despicable human garbage should get the same fate that Mr. Anderson suffered.

  4. Why are the sentences so light? The only thing that may make this right is if they receive punishment that fits the crime once they are living and breathing in Animal Kingdom.

  5. RMC (SW/AW) on said:

    Only 5-years for being co-conspirators in a murder charge? The more things change…the more they stay the same!

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