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BREAKING NEWS ~ Killen gets 60 years jail for 1964 deaths of civil rights workers

[JURIST] ABC News is reporting that ex-KKK member Edgar Ray Killen [JURIST news archive], now 80, has been sentenced to the maximum 60 years in prison for manslaughter in connection with the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers. Killen was found to have organized a group to kidnap, assault, and shoot the three young men. He was taken to state prison where his condition will be evaluated before he is placed in solitary confinement according to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official website]. Killen's attorney said he will appeal the decision. AP has more. CBS-TV 12 in Jackson provides recorded video of the sentencing.

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