Judge: Convicts must pay hit-and-run victim’s heirs $840,000

Jackson City Council Honors James Craig Anderson

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Four white men convicted in the 2011 beating and rundown death of a black autoworker in Mississippi have been ordered to pay his heirs $840,000.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ordered Dylan Butler, Deryl Dedmon, John Rice and William Kirk Montgomery to make the payments Monday. All four are in federal prisons.

The men share the liability, but each could be required to pay the whole amount if others make no contributions.

Defense attorneys and federal prosecutors agreed to the amount, saying that was how much victim James Craig Anderson was expected to earn over the rest of his life.

Three people sentenced by a separate judge also face a restitution hearing. Defense lawyer Abby Brumley says the government is likely to seek that they be included in the same amount.

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