Mississippi Hate Crime Restitution
James Craig Anderson

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Four white men convicted in the 2011 beating and rundown death of a black autoworker in Mississippi have been ordered to pay his heirs $840,000.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ordered Dylan Butler, Deryl Dedmon, John Rice and William Kirk Montgomery to make the payments Monday. All four are in federal prisons.

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The men share the liability, but each could be required to pay the whole amount if others make no contributions.

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Defense attorneys and federal prosecutors agreed to the amount, saying that was how much victim James Craig Anderson was expected to earn over the rest of his life.

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Three people sentenced by a separate judge also face a restitution hearing. Defense lawyer Abby Brumley says the government is likely to seek that they be included in the same amount.

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