2 in Douglas County Confederate flag case sentenced to lengthy prison terms
"Confederate flag case" doesn't really do it justice.
As the defendants wept uncontrollably, a Douglas County judge on Monday sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms for their part in disrupting an African-American birthday party with Confederate flags, racial slurs and armed threats in 2015.
Superior Court Judge William McClain castigated the two, Kayla Rae Norton, 25, and Jose Ismael Torres, 26, for perpetrating what he called a hate crime.
He sentenced Torres to 20 years, with 13 to serve in prison; Norton was given 15 years, with six to serve. Upon their release, McClain ordered them to be permanently banished from Douglas County.
I like (read: don't like) how this article starts out with "the poor white racists were crying so hard." And then in the middle of it, there's the white woman's shit "apology."
Torres did not address the court during the proceedings, only crying when three of his family members took the stand to describe him as a hardworking plumber, volunteer football coach and devoted father of three. His children’s mother, Norton, however, addressed several people who’d attended the birthday party and had come to witness the sentencing.
“I do accept responsibility for what I’ve done,” Norton said, often choking on her words as she spoke directly to the group. “What happened to you is absolutely awful. From mother to mother, I cannot imagine having to explain what that word means.”
Of course, let's be sure to take time to describe the lead terrorist as a hardworking, devoted volunteer! Is the media ever going to catch on to the fucked-upness of constantly describing white racist criminals as heroes while trotting out the criminal history of every black person who gets shot by the police? Hello? Is this thing on?
And Norton, shut the fuck up. You have NOT accepted responsibility for what you've done, clearly. It's in your language. "What happened to you is absolutely awful." No. That should be, "What I did to you is absolutely awful." That shit didn't just happen. You did it. You rode around terrorizing black communities and a black family during a child's birthday party, menacing them with guns and shouting racial slurs at them. You DID that.
Take your crocodile tears and go rot.