White Supremacist Sentenced to Life in Prison for Deadly Racist Attack on Random Black Man in NYC

A white supremacist convicted of fatally stabbing a Black man in a racially-motivated attack near New York’s Times Square has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

James Jackson, 30, pleaded guilty to murdering 66-year-old Timothy Caughman earlier this year and was convicted on six counts, including terrorism and hate crime charges. Jackson, an Army veteran from Baltimore, told police he traveled to New York with the intent of pulling off a “political terrorist attack” and to “inspire white men to kill black men, to scare black men, and to provoke a race war,” the Manhattan DA’s office said on Feb. 13. the day of the sentencing.

His conviction marked the first-ever conviction of a white supremacist on terrorism charges in New York State.

“American law enforcement has been slow to acknowledge the rise and scope of white nationalism, and this has emboldened actors like the defendant,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement. “We have too often treated these crimes as something less than terrorism.”

“The court today has an opportunity to declare that violent white nationalism will not be normalized and that its perpetrators will be sentenced like the terrorists that they are,” Vance added.

The attack unfolded in March 2017 when Caughman was out alone collecting bottles for recycling. That’s when Jackson, who’d spent the night stalking other Black men, ran up behind and stabbed him several times with a mini sword blade before fleeing. A bloodied Caughman managed to stumble into a nearby police station, where he died.

Jackson turned himself into police the following morning after admittedly roaming the city for hours in search of his next victims.

Caughman’s family and friends said they find some relief in knowing the man who killed their loved one is going away for good.















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