UPDATE: Klansman's conviction upheld in 1964 kidnappings

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld the kidnapping convictions for a former Ku Klux Klansman in the 1964 abductions of two black teenagers who were later killed.

A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the convictions last year, but the full 5th Circuit reversed that decision Friday.

James Ford Seale, 73, was found guilty in June 2007 of abducting Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, two 19-year-old friends allegedly killed by Klansmen on May 2, 1964.

Seale was serving three life sentences when the conviction was thrown out in September. The appeals panel had ruled the statute of limitation had expired in the 43 years between the crime and the indictment.

The Associated Press