Judge Orders 4 Mississippi Men To Pay $840K To Family Of Black Man
A federal judge has ordered four Mississippi men convicted of killing an innocent Black man to pay $840,000 to his estate. According to Washington Post:
James Craig Anderson was killed during a “Jafrica” outing that day, a hate crime that led to arrests and sentences for 10 young people involved, all of whom pleaded guilty.
On Monday, four of the most prominent co-conspirators — Deryl Dedmon, 23, John Rice, 23, Dylan Butler, 24 and William Montgomery, 26 — were ordered by a federal judge in Mississippi to pay $840,000 in restitution to Anderson’s estate. The restitution case was prosecuted by the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.
The four men, all of whom are white, were previously found guilty of committing a racially motivated act that resulted in Anderson’s death, and they are each serving between seven and 50 years in prison.
“When these defendants committed this brutal hate crime, they not only took a man’s life, they also hurt a family,” Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division, said in a statement.
The likelihood of the men being able to pay remains unclear. While they share the liability, the Associated Press reported, each may have to pay the full amount if others do not contribute.
The amount, decided by an estimate of Anderson’s lost future wages, is the latest attempt to wring justice out of a crime that recalled Mississippi’s darkest years.