A word of warning to all Georgia racists: Hate crimes are punishable and will get you hard prison time. (You wouldn't think they need that reminder, but here we are.)
A Douglas County, Georgia judge (Judge William McClain) awarded defendants Jose Torres and his girlfriend, Kayla Norton (above) a bonus year longer in prison than the state was seeking for being extra stupid. Torres got 20 years while Norton will receive 15 years. They were charged with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, and violating the Georgia Street Gang Act.
"If you drive around town with a Confederate flag, yelling the 'N' word, you know how it’s going to be interpreted,” Judge McClain said. "It’s inexplicable to me that you weren’t arrested by the police that day."
Let's back up: On July 25, 2015 (a few weeks after the Charleston church massacre), a group of around a dozen people drove around Douglas County in trucks with Confederate, American, and military flags. Most of the people in the group are in a club called "Respect the Flag."
By chance, "the convoy of trucks passed by the victim's residence where the victims were grilling hot dogs and hamburgers while hosting a child's birthday party featuring a bouncy castle, snow-cone machines, and a DJ," the district attorney's office posted on its official Facebook page.
The convoy parked their vehicles and approached the house party with weapons (a shotgun, a knife, a tire iron, etc) and threatened the members of the birthday party. The racists claim an object was thrown at their car and Torres told the party, while wielding his shotgun, that "he was going to kill them while his co-defendants stated that "the little ones can get one too," referring to the young children at the party."