Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

6 former Mississippi law officers sentenced in state court for torture of 2 Black men

BRANDON, Miss. - Already sentenced to many years in federal prison, six white former Mississippi law enforcement officers who pleaded guilty to a long list of state and federal charges for torturing two Black men were sentenced Wednesday in state court.

The state sentences did not add time to the federal prison terms the defendants had already received, but the victims' supporters hailed the yearslong sentences, saying they took on unique importance in Mississippi, where local residents saw echoes of the state's history of racist atrocities by people in authority.

The six former officers who attacked Michael Corey Jenkins and Eddie Terrell Parker in January 2023 were sentenced last month to federal prison terms ranging from about 10 to 40 years. U.S. District Judge Tom Lee called their actions ''egregious and despicable'' as he gave sentences near the top of the federal guidelines to five of the six men.


Reader Comments(0)

Rendered 05/17/2024 17:49