3 await hate crime sentencing

June 28, 2012 in Buzz Report, News, Top Stories

James Craig Anderson killed in Jackson

WAPT.COM

A year after James Craig Anderson was run down by a pickup truck, the three teens who pleaded guilty in connection with his death are still awaiting sentencing in federal court.
“(Tuesday) is the anniversary of a terrible day in the life of our family, and one we will never forget,” said Anderson’s sister Barbara Young. “This has been a horrible tragedy in our lives, and we ask for the continued prayers and support of the public as we go forward in our continuing search for justice in the horrific death of our brother and son.”

James Craig Anderson was killed in a hit-and-run June 26, 2011, in front of the Metro Inn on Ellis Avenue. Rankin County teen Deryl Dedmon was arrested and initially charged with murder in connection with Anderson’s death.

Deryl Dedmon, Dylan Butler and John Aaron Rice pleaded guilty March 22 in U.S. District Court to hate crime charges related to Anderson’s death. Sentencing was set for June 8, but has been delayed. A federal judge said that a new date for the sentencing will be unsealed at least 14 days before the sentencing.
Anderson, 49, was run over with a pickup truck in Jackson June 26, 2011 outside Metro Inn on Ellis Avenue.
Dedmon pleaded guilty to a murder charge in March in Hinds County Circuit Court and was sentenced to two life sentences under Mississippi’s hate crime statute.
Prosecutors have said that there could be more arrests in the case.
“Although the case is not complete – the case is still under investigation – but we’ve come a very long way, especially within a year’s time,” said Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith.
“The family is very pleased with what’s going on.”