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Sat Jan 5, 2013, 05:50 PM

Mississippi gang member who hunted blacks receives sentence

Source: Salon/SPLC


Joseph Paul Dominick faces five years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit federal hate crimes

BY BILL MORLIN, SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER

A sixth man has pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges related to the June 2011 racially motivated killing in Jackson, Miss., of a black man assaulted and run over with a pickup truck by a gang of white youths. That brutal murder was captured on surveillance video and broadcast nationally.

Joseph Paul Dominick, 21, of Brandon, Miss., faces a maximum of five years in prison after pleading guilty yesterday to conspiracy to commit federal hate crimes. He pleaded guilty to a criminal information, waiving grand jury indictment and striking a plea deal with federal prosecutors, just a month after The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson published an editorial blasting the Justice Department for a “thick cloud of secrecy” surrounding the protracted investigation.

Dominick was part of a gang of white youths, federal authorities now say, who armed themselves with assorted dangerous weapons — beer bottles, slingshots and handguns — and, essentially, made a sport of looking for disabled, homeless or intoxicated African Americans to verbally harass and physically assault. This week’s plea was related to Dominick’s participation in a variety of assaults; he was not involved in the murder that brought the gang national attention.

The case is highly reminiscent of the racially charged 2008 killing of Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant slain by a gang of seven Long Island teenagers, most of them white, in Patchogue, N.Y. The youths, who were eventually sentenced to terms of five to 25 years in prison, had been regularly beating Latino immigrants as part of a blood sport they dubbed “beaner-hopping.”

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http://www.salon.com/2013/01/05/mississippi_gang_member_who_hunted_blacks_receives_sentence/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 05:57 PM

1. His sentence isn't harsh enough.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 06:25 PM

7. He's a witness

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I'd bet you anything. The Feds are going to use him to establish a racial motivation for the killers.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 06:23 PM

2. Five years for a "brutal murder"? Damn.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 06:29 PM

3. he was not involved in the murder

Five years is probably light, but this isn't a sentence for the murder. Read the article.

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Response to alcibiades_mystery (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 06:34 PM

5. Hm.

This week’s plea was related to Dominick’s participation in a variety of assaults; he was not involved in the murder that brought the gang national attention.


That information was cleverly disguised as written words.

Who knew?

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 07:24 PM

6. Journalists can be wily beasts. (nt)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 06:31 PM

4. I know someone who was jailed for 13 years for carrying drugs

across state lines. I just shake my head and wonder where we have to go to find people who value the lives of others. Surely it is not in this country.

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