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In this July 18, 2011 photograph, Hinds County Sheriff's deputy Lawyer Smith, left, escorts murder suspect John Aaron Rice, of Brandon, to a preliminary hearing at the Hinds County Courthouse in Jackson, Miss. The murder charge against Rice was reduced to simple assault stemming from his involvement in a June hit-and-run death of James Craig Anderson, 49, of Jackson. Deryl Dedmon, also of Brandon, was charged in the death of Anderson. (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Greg Jenson) NO SALES

In this July 18, 2011 photograph, Hinds County Sheriff's deputy Lawyer Smith, left, escorts murder suspect John Aaron Rice, of Brandon, to a preliminary hearing at the Hinds County Courthouse in Jackson, Miss. The murder charge against Rice was reduced to simple assault stemming from his involvement in a June hit-and-run death of James Craig Anderson, 49, of Jackson. Deryl Dedmon, also of Brandon, was charged in the death of Anderson. (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Greg Jenson) NO SALES

White teen gets life in hate killing

A white Mississippi teenager pleaded guilty on Mar. 21 to fatally running over a man with a truck because he was black, and received a life prison sentence for a crime the presiding judge said left "a great stain" on the southern state.