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Four indicted in federal hate crimes

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

More indictments have been handed down in an alleged conspiracy to commit federal hate crimes against African-Americans in Jackson.

It's in connection with the investigation into the attacks that led to the death of James Craig Anderson.

Three years after Anderson was run over and killed by a group of young Rankin County men, federal indictments were leveled against four others, alleged to have participated in racial attacks.

A federal grand jury has indicted 20-year-old John Louis Bullock of Brandon, 20-year-old Sheltie Brooke Richards of Pearl, 23-year-old Robert Henry Rice of Brandon and 21-year-old Sarah Delia Graves of Crystal Springs.

The four are accused of conspiring to cause bodily injury to African Americans, including Anderson's death at a Jackson motel in June of 2011.

Investigators said it was part of the conspiracy in which Deryl Dedmon, John Rice, Dylan Butler, William Montgomery, Jonathan Gaskamp and Joseph Dominick have already pled guilty.

The indictment states that from April 2011 through March 2012 the two white men and two white women drove to Jackson late at night looking for Blacks to verbally harass and physically assault.

During the attacks they reportedly used beer bottles, sling shots, motor vehicles and even kicked and stomped victims while on the ground.

The 12 page indictment further states the four targeted persons believed to be homeless or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

According to the document, Bullock, Rice, Gaskamp who carried a .40 caliber handgun and Montgomery physically assaulted an African American man by punching and kicking him in the head, body and face until he begged for his life.

Bullock, Graves, Rice and Richards entered not guilty pleas.

Graves and Richards are also charged with soliciting others to commit hate crime.

In addition, Graves is charged with making false statements to the FBI.

The four on out on bail of $100,000.00 each. The trial is scheduled for September 15th.

Read the full indictment here.

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