Two women who were part of a 10-person group of thugs who spent time harassing and assaulting black people in Mississippi were sentenced this week for their role in the death of James Craig Anderson in 2011.
Sarah Adelia Graves, 22, of Crystal Springs was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Jackson to five years in prison, and Shelbie Brooke Richards, 21, of Pearl, was sentenced to eight years. Both women put in guilty pleas to conspiracy and Richards also pleaded guilty to concealing the crime by lying to police.
Anderson was attacked early June 26, 2011 by 8 other people who have received sentences ranging from 4 to 50 years. Hotel surveillance cameras showed that Anderson was beaten then ran over by a truck.
Vanita Gupta, the acting assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said she hoped the convictions would “provide some measure of closure to the victim’s family and to the larger community affected by this heinous crime.”