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Deryl Dedmon Pleads Guilty to Murder, Sentenced to Life in Prison

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 21 Mar 2012 11:47am | comments
Deryl Dedmon

Associated Press

A white Mississippi teenager has pleaded guilty to murder and hate-crime charges for running over and killing a black man with his pickup truck but will not face the death penalty.

Nineteen-year-old Deryl Dedmon had been charged with capital murder in the June 2011 death of 49-year-old James Craig Anderson in Jackson.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to murder and committing a hate crime. Prosecutors recommended two life sentences.

Authorities say seven white teens were partying in the early morning hours on June 26, 2011, when Dedmon suggested they find a black man to harass. Police say Anderson was beaten before Dedmon ran him down before dawn.

Another teenager, John Aaron Rice, is charged with simple assault in the case. Authorities said he left the scene before Anderson was killed.

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