Sixth Person Pleads Guilty In Racially Motivated AttacksBy Jeffrey Hess | Published 03 Jan 2013 04:20pm |
A sixth person has pleaded guilty in connection with racially motivated attacks by white teens against African-Americans in Jackson. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports the guilty plea includes new information that the attacks continued long after the murder of a black Jackson man in 2011.
21-year old Joseph Paul Dominick pleaded guilty Thursday to being part of a group of white teenagers that drove from mostly white Rankin County into Jackson to harass and assault black people.
Dominick admitted to throwing beer bottles and firing metal ball bearings from a sling shot at random African-Americans late at night.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a hate crime which marks the sixth conviction in connection with the attacks.
The racially motivated murder of James Craig Anderson in June of 2011 sparked the investigation, but Dominick was not part of that specific attack.
Following his guilty plea, Dominick's mother Cindy tearfully denied that her son was involved in any attack.
"I want to say a big apology to that family who lost their loved one on that night. When I read it the next day, I threw up because I knew those kids. But I was the one that called Joseph and told him about it. He had no idea. All he did that night. He said 'no' to those kids. He did not go. So he had nothing to do with what is going on here," Dominick said.
Still, court records show that some of the teens continued their attacks on black people in Jackson until nearly a year after the murder, possibly as late as March 22, 2012.
Winston Thompson, an attorney for the Anderson family, says he is not surprised that the murder has uncovered a larger series of attacks.
"They want everyone prosecuted who was involved. So whether that comes by a plea or a jury verdict, that is what they want," Thompson said.
Thompson expects more prosecutions.
Dominick faces up to five years in prison and will be sentenced at a later date.
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