Three white Mississippi men who killed a black man for sport four years ago were sentenced Tuesday to federal prison, reports the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. The three were part of a group of 10 young white people from Brandon, Miss., who have pleaded guilty to driving 25 miles to Jackson, which they called “Jafrica,” on June 26, 2011, to harass and assault African-Americans. They targeted James Anderson, whom they assaulted and ran over with a truck.
A federal judge in Jackson sentenced Deryl Paul Dedmon, 22, to 50 years; John Aaron Rice, 21, to 18 and a half years; and Dylan Wade Butler, 23, to seven years on the most serious count against them. “There’s no room on earth for people like you,” the victim’s partner said in a statement that was read in court. The defendants apologized. “I never had a hatred for African-Americans,” Butler said in a letter.