Racists blubber in court as judge jails them for threatening black child's birthday party with shotgun

Jose Torres and Kayla Norton terrorized a black kid's birthday party by leading a convoy of confederate-flag flying vehicles past it while shouting racial slurs and threats—and pointing a shotgun at the children. They blubbered in court Monday as a Georgia judge sentenced them to years in jail.

Channel 2 Action News spoke to a woman who was at the birthday party in 2015.

Melissa Alford said at least seven pickup trucks displaying Confederate flags pulled up on her property on Campbellton Street and their passengers were armed and threatened to “kill y’all niggers.”

"This is behavior that even supporters of the Confederate battle flag can agree is criminal and shouldn't be allowed," Douglas County District Attorney Brian Fortner said in a statement.

Norton was sentenced on one count of violating Georgia's street gang act and one count of making terroristic threats. Torres was sentenced on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of terroristic threats and one count of violating the street gang act.

Superior Court Judge William McClain gave Torres 20 years, with 13 served in prison, and Norton was given 15 years with 6 inside. Three things seem to have enhanced the community's righteous ire:

1. It was shortly after white supremacist Dylann Roof's killing of 9 black worshipers at a church in Charleston.

2. The Douglasville Police Department originally refused to arrest the people making the threats.

3. Only four of the people in the convoy were charged with serious crimes, despite there being "a dozen or more" involved.

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  1. It's not surprising they were sentenced. It's just amazing they thought their behavior was okay. Even Klansmen hide under sheets - because they know they're doing evil.

  2. Norton apologized for her role in the incident saying, "I want you all to know that is not me. That is not me, that is not him. I would never walk up to you and say those words to you. I'm so sorry that happened to you. I am so sorry."

    This reaction is interesting. While they had a mob on trucks waving confederate flags and pointing guns, I'm sure it was easy to be racist and threaten to kill all the people at the party, saying the things your favorite Aryan websites say and thinking of that family and their kids as Bad Things To Kill. But face-to-face with them, they react as if other people did these terrible things -- not them. They can't conceive of themselves as being bad people who threatened others' lives because of the color of their skin.

  3. Yeah, I mean, as the story says, initially police didn't lay any charges. I'd wage the only reason these people are going to prison is because there was a kid's birthday party on the street that day. If they had done a racist parade down the street any other day they probably would have gotten away with it. But pointing shotguns at and screaming racist insults at children at a birthday party was just too much for white people to try to justify in the end.

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