It’s time for four White men to pay for their crime.
A federal judge on Monday ordered the men convicted of a vicious hate crime killing to pay $840,000 dollars to the victim’s family, the New York Daily News reports.
According to the newspaper, the group spent a night in 2011 targeting Black people to assault. They searched for victims who appeared homeless or drunk.
The men spotted James Craig Anderson, 49, in a Jackson, Miss. motel parking lot. Believing that he was intoxicated, Deryl Dedmon and John Aaron Rice, both 23, beat up the African-American man. After pummeling Anderson, Dedmon struck him with his pickup truck and sped away.
Dedmon, Rice, and two other men—Dylan Butler, 24, and William Montgomery, 26—pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy and hate crime charges. Dedmon was sentenced to 50 years in prison, the longest term of the four men.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ordered the men to share the liability of paying restitution to Anderson’s family.
“The purpose of this is to make the estate of James Anderson whole. I know it’s been a long, long process, but I certainly hope the healing has begun and certainly hope the healing continues for all,” Reeves said, according to the Daily News.
The newspaper reported this comment from Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, who heads the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division:
“Although no amount of money will ever be able to account for the true value of James Craig Anderson’s life, we hope that this restitution will help ease the burden on his family.”
The restitution amount is based on how much the defense and prosecution expected Anderson to earn over the rest of his life.
SOURCE: New York Daily News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty