White Teen Who Ran Over and Killed Black Mississippi Man Gets Life

March 22, 2012  |  

Justice has been served in the case of James Craig Anderson, the 47-year-old black Jackson, MS, man, who was run over and killed by a 19-year-old white teenager last June. Deryl Dedmon, the driver of the pickup truck that was used to murder Mr. Anderson, plead guilty to the charges and was given two life sentences for his crime.

The attack occurred in the parking lot of a motel around 5am on June 26. Surveillance video caught Dedmon and six other teenagers screaming “white power” and racial slurs while punching Anderson before Dedmon accelerated his truck and ran over the man. The teenager admitted that he and his friends had been partying in a small town outside the city when he suggested they find a black man to harass and went to Jackson because of its majority-black population. In court, Dedmon expressed remorse for his actions.

“I do not ask y’all to forget, but I do ask y’all to forgive,” he said. “I wish I could take it all back, I was young and dumb, ignorant and full of hatred. I chose to go down the wrong path.”

Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill Sr. told Dedmon it’s too late for apologies.

“Your prejudice has brought shame upon you and placed a great stain on the state of Mississippi,” he said in court. “Whatever excuse you may offer for what you have done, forget that. There’s no excuse that you can offer for the family of Mr. Anderson or to your fellow Mississippians who have to try to reconcile the horrible damage you have caused.”

The fate of the other teenagers involved, which includes two girls, will likely be decided today when results of a Justice Department hate crime investigation are aired in court, the New York Times reports. The family has filed a wrongful death suit against all seven of the teenagers involved in the crime as well.

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • MissDiva05

    I just really hope the other teens get a just punishment as well… They are also guilty in my book.

  • Is it bad to be happy about this? Not that the man died in such a brutal manner, but that justice has been served? I guess it’s okay. He needs to be in prison forever.

  • grimyteddy

    I remember when this first happened and you would be completely filled with anger when reviewing some of the comments left for the story on news sites. This country was founded on such immoral hatred and its sad to see innocent people die over it.

    • Lotion4thatAsh

      You should have seen the comments on this site. There were probably none. The people here rather worry about old stories reported weeks ago by other blogs about celebrities or about complexions and stupid hairstyles that are now so revolutionary.
      White people support their bad and good that’s why you will see a lot of racism towards blacks whenever something like this happens. They taught their children racism so they will protect them and say whatever needed to make sure their own don’t get “victimized”. Not to mention, I’m sure its just a couple people with mutiple screen names staying true to what they believe. Its a lot better than what black people pass onto their children;insecurity and hopelessness.

      • Smacks_hoes

        You have so much hatred and bitterness in your heart…

  • MixedUpInVegas

    Two life sentences?  Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.


    “I wish I could take it all back” Translation: I’m sorry I got caught.

  • L-Boogie

    It is an unfortunate incident; however, I am relieved that the young man has realized that he is wrong for what he has done.  That is a step in the right direction.