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Judge Orders Killers of Miss. Man to Pay $840,000 to His Estate

A Mississippi judge has ordered four men to pay $840,000 to the estate of a Black man killed in a racially motivated homicide from 2011.

The Justice Department says Deryl Paul Dedmon, John Aaron Rice, Dylan Wade Butler and William Kirk Montgomery, who were each convicted and sentenced to prison, must pay restitution in connection with the killing of James Craig Anderson, the victim of a series of hate crimes committed by the men.

In 2012, Dedmon, Rice, Butler and Montgomery were convicted of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act. The group targeted Anderson in the parking lot of a motel in Jackson, Miss. Two of them brutally beat Anderson, while another hit him with his pickup truck.

The men had been attacking African Americans who they thought were homeless or intoxicated because they believed they would be less likely to report the violent acts.

Read the full story at JETMag.com.

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