Three men were sentenced to prison for forcing an African-American man out of a South Carolina convenience store, threatening him with a chainsaw and stealing his car in an incident the U.S. Department of Justice said was fueled by hate.
Thomas Blue Sr., 49, was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison in the 2007 incident, and a second man, Judson Hartley Talbert, was sentenced to nine years, the department said in a statement. Blue’s son, Thomas Blue Jr., 29, was sentenced to three years.
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The three pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to deprive and depriving Dahndra “Ervin” Moore of his right to engage in a federally protected activity — entering the convenience store — and also to conspiring to carjack and carjacking his car, authorities said. The elder Blue also pleaded guilty to depriving two other people, both white, of their right to engage in a federally protected activity and using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence against those two.