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Another white man pleads guilty in death of black man run over by pickup

JACKSON, Miss. -- Another white man has pleaded guilty to a hate crime charge in the death of a black man who was run over by a pickup truck in Mississippi.


Three other white men have already pleaded guilty to hate crime charges in the death of James Craig Anderson, who was beaten and then run over in Jackson on June 26, 2011.

None of the men have been sentenced. 

William Montgomery pleaded guilty Tuesday during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Jackson to two hate crime counts -- one involving the fatal rundown of Anderson and the other involving the assault of another black man, who was not identified in court documents. In addition, Jonathan Gaskamp pleaded guilty to two hate crime counts in the assault of the unidentified black man.


In March, Deryl Dedmon, 19,  pleaded guilty to state murder and hate crime charges in Mississippi  for running over Anderson. He received two life sentences on the state charges.  

In the federal case, Dedmon, John Aaron Rice and Dylan Butler each admitted to conspiracy and violating the 2009 federal hate-crimes law, according to federal prosecutors. They face sentences of up to life in prison and $250,000 in fines.

Dedmon admitted in court that he and a group of white teens were partying in Puckett, a small town outside Jackson, when he suggested they find a black man to harass, federal prosecutors said.

The group reportedly went to Jackson because of its majority-black population. They found Anderson outside a hotel, where he was beaten before Dedmon ran over him. Anderson was a 47-year-old worker at a car plant. 

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