Mississippi man pleads guilty in attacks on blacks

By Jack Elliott Jr./The Associated Press

JACKSON — A sixth man has pleaded guilty in connection with racially motivated attacks by young whites against blacks in Jackson.

Joseph Paul Dominick, 21, of Brandon pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit a hate crime. He faces up to five years in prison. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves will sentence him later.

Prosecutors say that starting about April 2011, the group drove from mostly white Rankin County into Jackson. There, prosecutors say, they verbally harassed and physically assaulted blacks, later boasting about the attacks.

Prosecutors say Dominick threw bottles and used sling shots against blacks.

The death of James Craig Anderson in June 2011 outside a Jackson hotel sparked the investigation. Prosecutors say Dominick did not participate in the Anderson incident but was part of other group attacks.