Pastor, 8 others, fatally shot at church in Charleston, SC

June 18, 2015 in News, The Buzz

By ALEX SANZ and DAVID GOLDMAN   CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night, killing nine […]

John Louis Blalack gets maximum prison term in rundown death of black man

May 1, 2015 in News, The Buzz

(AP) A final pair of sentencings Thursday was supposed to wrap up the long-running federal prosecution into a group of young white men and women whose repeated assaults on African-Americans […]

2 white Mississippi women, part of group who searched for black people to attack, to be sentenced

April 10, 2015 in News

(AP) Two white women in Mississippi, who were riding in a truck that ran over a black man who was beaten, will be sentenced today. The women were part of a group who […]

2 men plead guilty to hate crimes in Mississippi racial beatings

January 8, 2015 in News, The Buzz

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A group of young white men and women who killed a black man in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2011 had periodically roamed the city that spring, attacking […]

Mississippi racial beatings: Hearing set for 2 suspects to change pleas to guilty

January 6, 2015 in News, The Buzz

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for two men charged in a series of 2011 racial beatings that culminated in the death of a Jackson man. Court […]

4 more indicted on hate crime charges in 2011 attacks on blacks in Mississippi

July 17, 2014 in News, The Buzz

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Four more people have been indicted in what prosecutors say were a series of racially motivated attacks on blacks in Mississippi. John Louis Blalack, 20, of […]

A final look at Headlines in 2012

December 27, 2012 in News, Top Stories

Stories that impacted Mississippians

Compiled by Ayesha K. Mustafaa

Interim Managing Editor
Over the past 19 years, The Mississippi Link has not missed a week of reporting on impactful events in the state and across the nation. The year 2012 in review shows a continuation of this commitment to bring to its readers the news and views that have shaped the lives of Mississippians and beyond. Out of 52 weeks of continuous publication, we now reflect on the top 20 headlines of 2012….

Two men plead guilty to hate crimes against blacks

December 6, 2012 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

William Kirk Montgomery, 23, from Puckett and Jonathan K. Gaskamp, 20, from Brandon, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Jackson to conspiracy and federal hate crime charges in connection with their roles in the assault of African-Americans.

The Justice Department said defendants Deryl Paul Dedmon, 20; John Aaron Rice, 19; and Dylan Wade Butler, 21, all from Brandon have previously entered guilty pleas in connection with their roles in these offenses.