White teen pleads guilty in Miss. hate crime

March 21, 2012 - 6:05 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A white Mississippi teenager has pleaded guilty to running over a black man with his pickup truck, killing him.

Nineteen-year-old Deryl Dedmon pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder and committing a hate crime in the death of 47-year-old James Craig Anderson in Jackson. Prosecutors recommended two life sentences.

Authorities say seven white teens were partying in the early morning hours on June 26 when Dedmon suggested they find a black man to harass. Police say Anderson was beaten before Dedmon ran over him.

Another teenager, John Aaron Rice, is charged with simple assault. Authorities say he left the scene before Anderson was killed.