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Man pleads guilty in racial beatings, second man's plea set

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By JEFF AMY
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Two men are pleading guilty to charges that they participated in racially motivated beatings of African Americans that culminated in the death of the Jackson man.

John Louis Blalack and Robert Henry Rice pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

Blalack, 20, pleaded guilty to two felony hate crime charges in an agreement with prosecutors. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $500,000.

Rice, 21, pleaded guilty to one felony hate crime charge. He faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

Eight others, all white, have already pleaded guilty. James Craig Anderson, the victim, was black.

Anderson's 2011 death captured attention after it was recorded on a surveillance camera. Anderson was beaten before he was run over.

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