A man and woman in Georgia ,sentenced to long prison terms for horrifying a black Kid’s anniversary party with Confederate flags, racial slurs and threats.
Jose Ismael Torres and Kayla Rae Norton were imprisoned this month for a street gang terrorism rule for the 2015 annoyance in Douglassville, outside Atlanta, and cried in court last Monday.
In a video footage from the festivity, a month after Dylann Roof’s Charleston church massacre, we see a procession of cars roaring by with Confederate battle flags.
A witnesses said that someone had a gun and said “he was gonna kill the n****s.”
The Superior Court Judge William McClain affirmed at sentencing that Torres, 26, and Norton, 25, had dedicated a hate crime, conferring to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Georgia doesn’t have a hate crime act.
Torres was punished for 20 years, with 13 of them in prison, for aggravated assault, terroristic intimidations and street gang terrorism.
according to the Journal-Constitution, Norton, the mother of Torres’s children, was condemned for 15, serving six, for terroristic threats and street gang terrorism.
“Justice has been served,” Melissa Alford, who was at the party and published a video, affirmed in a declaration to the Daily News.
She added that she agreed with the unforgiving judgements imposed by the judge, and acknowledged prosecutors and friends for their sustenance.
The existence of the Confederate fight flag throughout much of the South came under scrutiny after the shelling by Roof, who was visualized with the banner on his white supremacist website.
Prosecutors declared that the bags against Torres, Norton and other defendants aren’t founded on their right to fly a Confederate flag, but on pressures against the victims.
“This is behavior that even supporters of the Confederate battle flag can agree is criminal and shouldn’t be allowed,” Douglas County District Attorney Brian Fortner affirmed in a declaration.
A grand jury accused 15 persons in the “Respect the Flag” collection, which supposed that victims had terrified objects at them, on street gang terrorism charges for the birthday party disruption.