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Update: Suspects who pointed gun at party-goers while flying Confederate flag get stiff prison sentences

by Leigh Egan

**WARNING** Video contains graphic language

A Georgia man and woman who crashed a child’s birthday party and threatened to kill party-goers will were sentenced today to serve stiff sentences for their participation and actions.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Superior Court Judge William McClain called it a hate crime. Kayla Rae Norton, 25, and Jose Ismael Torres, 26, along with a group of similar-minded people, drove by a child’s outdoor birthday party in Douglasville, Georgia, in July 2015, intent on disturbing the guests. The pair hurled racist insults at a crowd celebrating a black child’s birthday. They also pulled out a gun and pointed it at the party guests, including young children, while threatening to kill them.

READ Original Story: Suspects who flew Confederate Flag by child’s birthday party face 20 years in prison

The defendants openly wept in court when the judge handed down a 20-year prison sentence to Torres and a 15-year prison sentence to Norton. Judge McClain said that the defendants acted with hatred while fully knowing that just a month prior, white supremacist Dylann Roof killed numerous black churchgoers in South Carolina.

“Their actions were motivated by racial hatred,” said McClain.

[Feature Photo: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office]

Leigh Egan is a crime-fighting journalist and editor who specializes in breaking news and investigative true crime coverage. With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Leigh’s work can be found in a number of high-profile national publications. For Leigh, learning didn’t stop after college. She considers herself a lifelong learner who frequently takes media and journalism courses to keep abreast of the latest happenings and innovations in her field.