Racist Couple Sentenced To Prison For Terrorizing Black Family
A Georgia couple wept like Jimmy Swaggart in court after a judge sentenced them to a combined 25 years in prison for their part in a racially charged crime.
Jose Torres and his boo, Kayla Norton, were all smiles and sayin it with their chest in July 2015 when they disrupted a black family’s birthday celebration for an 8-year-old little girl with monster trucks, confederate flags, shot guns, racial slurs, and terroristic threats.
A judge sentenced Torres to 20 years, with 13 to serve in prison. Norton was given 15 years, with six to serve.
Via WSB TV:
The couple, who have three children, was part of a larger group in July 2015 called Respect the Flag. Their convoy of trucks, flying the Confederate battle flag, pulled up to a birthday party for an 8-year-old black child.
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 [N-words].”
“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.
The disruption of the birthday party took place less than a month after white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine African-Americans at a historic black church in Charleston. Roof, who was sentenced to death for his crime, brandished the battle flag in several photographs that came to light after his arrest. He said it had been his intent to kill black people and start a race war.