Two plead guilty in federal hate crime case - - Jackson, MS

Two plead guilty in federal hate crime case

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Two of four people indicted earlier this year in an alleged conspiracy to commit federal hate crimes against African-Americans in Jackson have pleaded guilty. Twenty-year-old Shelbie Brooke Richards of Pearl and 21-year-old Sarah Adelia Graves of Crystal Springs entered guilty pleas to Conspiracy to Commit a Hate Crime. 

Sentencing for both will be in April of 2015. The maximum sentence for both is five years in prison, three years of supervised released and a fine of up to $250,000, but they both signed plea agreements prior to pleading guilty.

The charges were in connection with the investigation into the attacks that led to the death of James Craig Anderson. The federal indictments came three years after his death.

The federal grand jury also indicted 20-year-old John Louis Bullock of Brandon and 23-year-old Robert Henry Rice of Brandon. 

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