JACKSON, Miss. – The last person who was waiting for sentencing after being accused of being involved in hate crimes in Jackson received the maximum prison term Friday.
U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate sentenced Robert Henry Rice of Brandon to 10 years in prison. He was charged with aggravated assault in connection to hate crimes leading up to the death of James Craig Anderson.
Anderson died in June 2011 after he was beaten and run over by a truck. Rice wasn’t present when Anderson died. He was on the coast the night Anderson was murdered.
A group of white men and women made multiple trips to Jackson to assault blacks, according to officials. Rice admitted to going to Jackson five or six times to harass blacks. During those trips, investigators said they group would throw beer bottles and metal ball bearings at blacks.
A total of 10 people have been sentenced to prison in connection with hate crimes. Deryl Dedmon, the truck’s driver, also received two life sentences in state prison.