JammedUp News

News

Georgia couple charged who disrupted kid’s birthday party handed lengthy sentences for hate crimes

February 27, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Georgia couple charged who disrupted kid’s birthday party handed lengthy sentences for hate crimes

Are you in a legal jam? Find a Lawyer, Bail Bondsman or Private Investigator on JammedUp.

A Georgia judge has sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms for hate crimes in connection with their role in the disruption of a black child’s birthday party with Confederate flags, racial slurs, and armed threats.

Local news outlets in Atlanta reported that 26-year-old Jose Ismael Torres would spend 13 years in prison for aggravated assault, terroristic threats and street gang terrorism.

His co-defendant and mother of his children, 25-year-old Kayla Rae Norton is to serve six years for making terroristic threats and street gang terrorism. The charges are considered hate crimes.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, both defendants wept as the judge handed down the sentences on Monday in Douglas County, located due west of Atlanta.

Jose Torres weeps in his seat while at the sentencing for his conviction on charges of street-gang terrorism, aggravated assault on Monday. His co-defendant, Kayla Norton, sits at his right. (Henry Taylor / henry.taylor@ajc.com)

The two suspects are the last of 15 people charged in connection with the confrontation, which took place in Douglasville in July 2015.

Both defendants were found guilty of yelling racial slurs and threatening to kill partygoers, even the kids.

Prosecutors said Torres even pointed a shotgun at the party and said, “he was gonna kill the n—–s.” While another individual was heard shouting the n-word, as children stood in horror.

Another suspect, Thomas Charles Summers was convicted last year of terrorist threats and battery, and sentenced to six years in prison.

Other defendants in the case who had less participation in the racially-charged incident pleaded guilty to lesser charges and were sentenced to probation.

Get the latest news from the world of crime