3 men jailed for hate crime at Louisiana school

By | February 8, 2012

The three men received short jail terms after previously pleading guilty to intentionally attempting to intimidate African-American students at Beekman Junior High School in Morehouse Parish.

Yesteday, the three appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Hayes in Monroe, Louisiana, after having pled guilty to the charges last summer. James Lee Wallis, 25, received a sentence of eight months in jail while his brother Brian, 21, was sentenced to five months in prison, The third man, Tony L. Johnson, 30, was sentenced to six months.

The three men will also have to spend a year on supervised release. During that time they will be required to take a diversity and sensitivity program.

The incident that gave rise to the charges occurred on Nov. 6, 2007. The men became angry after the busing policy at Beekman was changed; a change that resulted in more African-American students attending the school. (Digital Journal)

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