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 people, including the pastor, in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime. The shooter remained at large Thursday morning and police released photographs […]
(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 in Mississippi’s capital city ended in the 2011 death of an autoworker. But it didn’t work out that way. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate […]
(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 repeatedly searched Mississippi’s capital city for black people to attack. Today, they will be the latest to be sentenced. In separate hearings, U.S. District Judge […]
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 African Americans at random, and police never heard about it. Their last attack, before dawn on June 26, 2011, killed 47-year-old auto plant worker James […]
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 documents show hearings for John Louis Blalack and Robert Henry Rice are scheduled Wednesday morning before U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate in Jackson. Both […]
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 Brandon; Sarah Adelia Graves, 21, of Crystal Springs; Robert Henry Rice, 23, of Brandon; and Shelbie Brooke Richards, 20, of Pearl, entered not-guilty pleas Wednesday […]
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….
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.