(Reuters) – A white man who killed a black man with a sword within the hopes of beginning a race conflict was sentenced to life in jail with out parole Wednesday in New York, a number of media accounts stated.
James Jackson, 30, a former U.S. Military specialist, apologized for the slaying, earlier than the State Supreme Courtroom Justice Laura A. Ward sentenced him to the utmost allowed below the regulation, the New York Occasions reported.
Final month, Jackson plead responsible to first-degree homicide in furtherance of an act of terrorism, within the March 2017 demise of Timothy Caughman, 66.
He turned himself in at a police station after police circulated surveillance video of the killing.
Jackson, of Baltimore, informed detectives that the traveled to New York Metropolis as a result of it’s the U.S. media capital and he believed that the killing would begin a race conflict.
“The racial World Struggle begins as we speak,” Jackson wrote in a manifesto that included a swastika, the Occasions reported. “This political terrorist assault is a proper declaration of a worldwide whole conflict on the Negro races,” he wrote.
Neither an lawyer for Jackson nor state prosecutors had been out there for remark early Thursday.
In January, Cyrus Vance, New York’s district lawyer, stated in an announcement, “If you happen to come right here to kill New Yorkers within the title of white nationalism, you’ll be investigated, prosecuted, and incapacitated just like the terrorist that you’re.”
Jackson served as an Military specialist till 2012 and was deployed in Afghanistan for almost a 12 months starting in December 2010. He was awarded a number of medals for his conduct.
(Reporting by Wealthy McKay, enhancing by Larry King)