Deryl Dedmon was eighteen years old when he murdered a man with his truck because of the color of his skin in Mississippi. According to court documents Deryl Demon and two other men were driving around when they saw the victim in a motel parking lot. The trio would jump out of the truck and proceeded to beat the victim . Deryl Dedmon would go back in hi truck and run over the victim repeatedly.
When this teen killer was arrested he would admit to police the only reason why they targeted the victim was the color of his skin. Deryl Dedmon would be convicted of the murder and hate crime charges. Due to the nature of his crime Dedmon is in the Federal Prison System.
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DERYL PAUL DEDMON
Register Number: 16507-043
Located at: Otisville FCI
Release Date: 10/13/2055
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Deryl Dedmon, 19, received two concurrent life sentences for the racially motivated murder of 49-year-old James Craig Anderson, who died after being beaten and mowed down in a motel parking lot last year.
Dedmon’s admission that he killed Anderson because of his race doubled the teen’s penalty under the state’s hate crime statute.
“I was young, I was dumb, I was ignorant,” Dedmon said during his court hearing in Jackson. “I was full of hatred.”
The sentencing came as the shooting death of a black teenager by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida has again put a national spotlight on the issue of minorities being targeted due to the color of their skin.
Anderson, a Nissan auto worker, was returning to his car before dawn on June 26 when he was confronted by a group of white teenagers in a motel parking lot.
The teens had been drinking at a birthday party and drove to Jackson specifically to harass African-Americans, said Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Scott Rogillio.
Anderson was physically attacked by the group before Dedmon deliberately ran over him with a Ford F-250 truck, Rogillio said. Anderson died at the scene.
Dedmon yelled “white power” during the attack, Rogillio said.
“Your prejudice has brought a great stain on the state of Mississippi,” Circuit Court Judge Jeff Weill Sr. told Dedmon.
Mississippi has a long legacy of racial discrimination and was a focal point of Civil Rights activity during the 1960s and since. The racist Ku Klux Klan was prominent in the state for decades and remnants of the group remain.
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James Craig Anderson’s partner, James Bradfield, said the couple’s young son sleeps in his bed now, because “he doesn’t want those people to get me.”
In the victim impact statement, Bradfield, who was too emotional to speak and had a prosecutor read his statement, told Deryl Paul Dedmon, John Aaron Rice, and Dylan Wade Butler that he hoped they never see the light of day again.
“There’s no room on earth for people like you,” he said.
The trio were sentenced to federal prison on Tuesday as a result of Anderson’s 2011 death, a hate crime in which he was beaten and run over by a truck because of the color of his skin.
The three pleaded guilty in March 2012 to one count of conspiracy and one count of committing a hate crime. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves sentenced Dedmon to 50 years and five years to be served concurrently; John Aaron Rice to 18 ½ years and five years to be served concurrently; and Dylan Wade Butler to seven years and five years to be served concurrently. None of them are eligible for probation.
The judge said Dedmon’s federal sentence will run concurrent with his state sentence.
The three are part of a group of 10 young white people who have no all pleaded guilty to coming to Jackson, which they called “Jafrica,” to harass and assault African-Americans.
Anderson’s sister, Barbara Anderson Young, gave an emotional statement in which she frequently looked straight at the defendants.
“Surely the violence you committed will fall upon your own head,” she said, adding that her brother “lives on in me, and in our family. He also lives in you, the last to see him alive on this earth.”
Butler wrote a letter to the family, part of which he read in court. He told the court about how he came from a mixed race family, with a black stepfather and stepsister and mixed cousins.
“I wish every day I could take everything back, not for me, but for the man who lost his life…” he said. “I never had a hatred for African Americans.
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Derryl Dedmon is serving 55 years in Federal prison where there is no parole