Mississippi: White Teen Pleads Guilty for Black Man Murder
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Mississippi: White Teen Pleads Guilty for Black Man Murder

Jackson : MS : USA | Mar 21, 2012 at 9:19 PM PDT
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Deryl Dedmon, 19-year-old white teen had pleaded guilty on Wednesday and received two life sentences for killing a black man before running him over by his Ford F-250 truck at a motel parking lot in Jackson last year.

A car-plant worker James Craig Anderson, 47, was beaten to death by Dedmon and his gang in June 26, 2011, USA Today reported.

Dedmon admitted before the court that he suggested his gang to find a black man to harass after coming from a party and they found Anderson.

The white teen who admitted his guilt had already apologized to the family of the victim saying "I was young, I was dumb, I was ignorant. I was full of hatred."

"I am sincerely sorry. I do take full responsibility for my actions on that night. I pray for your family every day and that God will soften your hearts to forgive me."

In Jackson court, Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill Sr. had his last word.

"Your prejudice has brought shame upon you and placed a great stain on the state of Mississippi. Whatever excuse you may offer for what you have done, forget that. There's no excuse that you can offer for the family of Mr. Anderson or to your fellow Mississippians who have to try to reconcile the horrible damage you have caused.”-From Chicago Tribune News.

Recalling a similar incident which happened in 1964 about three workers killed in Nishoba County, known as "Mississippi Burning," the presiding judge added "All the hard work we have done to move our state forward from that earthen dam in Neshoba County to here has been stained by you. A stain that will take years to fade."

Report says another investigation will be held on Thursday at the federal courthouse in Jackson. More updates to follow.

JeniferLamug is based in Hong Kong, , China, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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