Yuba County men plead guilty to hate crime attack

Dec 18, 2013 3:12 PM

Two Marysville men pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges in Sacramento yesterday. Billy James Hammett, 28, and Perry Sylvester Jackson, 27, each face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

On April 18, 2011, an African-American woman and a white male drove into a parking lot of a convenience store in Marysville when Jackson called the man a “n----- lover” and punched him twice in the head, according to court documents. Hammett then reportedly approached the driver’s side window and kicked the African-American woman in the chest. A third defendant, identified as Anthony Merrill Tyler, smashed the car windshield with a crowbar. Charges are still pending against Tyler, whose next court date is scheduled for January 7, 2014.

The attack to which the men pled guilty to was a violation of the Shepherd-Byrd Act which criminalizes certain acts of physical violence causing bodily injury motivated by a person’s race, color, origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability, the Department of Justice stated in its press release.

The investigation into the incident was led by the FBI, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office and the Yuba County District Attorney’s Office.

Both Hammett and Jackson are scheduled to be sentenced on March 24 of next year.


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